Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Accused on the 6 o'clock news of corruption and taking bribes, the senator said that we should all be very wary of the things we hear in the media, because we all know how very unreliable the media can be.
Genetic Fallacy
Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

A Genetic Fallacy is a line of "reasoning" in which a perceived defect in the origin of a claim or thing is taken to be evidence that discredits the claim or thing itself. It is also a line of reasoning in which the origin of a claim or thing is taken to be evidence for the claim or thing. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. The origin of a claim or thing is presented.
  2. The claim is true(or false) or the thing is supported (or discredited).
It is clear that sort of "reasoning" is fallacious. For example: "Bill claims that 1+1=2. However, my parents brought me up to believe that 1+1=254, so Bill must be wrong."

It should be noted that there are some cases in which the origin of a claim is relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. For example, a claim that comes from a reliable expert is likely to be true (provided it is in her area of expertise).

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 947 Total Answer Attempts   20%
 190 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 757 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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