Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Yes, but you can't prove manbearpig doesn't exist!
Burden of Proof
Ad Ignorantiam

AKA Appeal to Ignorance

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

Burden of Proof is a fallacy in which the burden of proof is placed on the wrong side. Another version occurs when a lack of evidence for side A is taken to be evidence for side B in cases in which the burden of proof actually rests on side B. A common name for this is an Appeal to Ignorance. This sort of reasoning typically has the following form:

  1. Claim X is presented by side A and the burden of proof actually rests on side B.
  2. Side B claims that X is false because there is no proof for X.
In many situations, one side has the burden of proof resting on it. This side is obligated to provide evidence for its position. The claim of the other side, the one that does not bear the burden of proof, is assumed to be true unless proven otherwise. The difficulty in such cases is determining which side, if any, the burden of proof rests on. In many cases, settling this issue can be a matter of significant debate. In some cases the burden of proof is set by the situation. For example, in American law a person is assumed to be innocent until proven guilty (hence the burden of proof is on the prosecution). As another example, in debate the burden of proof is placed on the affirmative team. As a final example, in most cases the burden of proof rests on those who claim something exists (such as Bigfoot, psychic powers, universals, and sense data).

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 1,080 Total Answer Attempts   83%
 901 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 179 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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