Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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We know the ancient Egyptians had very primitive technology five thousand years ago during the great age of pyramids. They didn't even have the wheel when the pyramids at Giza were built. Furthermore, the ancient Egyptians were meticulous recorders of details. But in spite of this, there is not a single record of how they built the Great Pyramid. So either the Egyptians had help from some super-science from the survivors of the destruction of Atlantis, or a group of extraterrestrials with anti-gravity machines helped lift those 2-ton stones into place.
False Dilemma
AKA Black & White Thinking

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

A False Dilemma is a fallacy in which a person uses the following pattern of "reasoning":

  1. Either claim X is true or claim Y is true (when X and Y could both be false).
  2. Claim Y is false.
  3. Therefore claim X is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because if both claims could be false, then it cannot be inferred that one is true because the other is false. That this is the case is made clear by the following example:
  1. Either 1+1 =4 or 1+1=12.
  2. It is not the case that 1+1 = 4.
  3. Therefore 1+1 =12.
In cases in which the two options are, in fact, the only two options, this line of reasoning is not fallacious. For example:
  1. Bill is dead or he is alive.
  2. Bill is not dead.
  3. Therefore Bill is alive.

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 901 Total Answer Attempts   46%
 418 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 483 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

418 - False Dilemma
32 - Burden of Proof
31 - Fallacy of Composition
31 - Misleading Vividness
27 - Confusing Cause and Effect
25 - Hasty Generalization
23 - Genetic Fallacy
23 - Ignoring a Common Cause
22 - Red Herring
21 - Slippery Slope
17 - Appeal to Ridicule
17 - Begging the Question
17 - Post Hoc
16 - Appeal to Belief
16 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
16 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
15 - Biased Generalization
14 - Appeal to Tradition
13 - Appeal to Novelty
11 - Appeal to Common Practice
10 - Poisoning the Well
10 - Fallacy of Division
10 - Relativist Fallacy
9 - Gambler's Fallacy
9 - Special Pleading
8 - Appeal to Emotion
7 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
7 - Ad Hominem
7 - Middle Ground
4 - Appeal to Spite
3 - Personal Attack
3 - Appeal to Authority
3 - Guilt by Association
2 - Appeal to Popularity
2 - Appeal to Flattery
1 - Peer Pressure
1 - Appeal to Fear

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