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If we don't spy on you, the terrorists win.
Appeal to Fear
Ad Baculum

AKA Scare Tactics, Appeal to Force

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

The Appeal to Fear is a fallacy with the following pattern:

  1. Y is presented (a claim that is intended to produce fear).
  2. Therefore claim X is true (a claim that is generally, but need not be, related to Y in some manner).
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because creating fear in people does not constitute evidence for a claim.

It is important to distinguish between a rational reason to believe (RRB) (evidence) and a prudential reason to believe(PRB) (motivation). A RRB is evidence that objectively and logically supports the claim. A PRB is a reason to accept the belief because of some external factor (such as fear, a threat, or a benefit or harm that may stem from the belief) that is relevant to what a person values but is not relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. For example, it might be prudent to not fail the son of your department chairperson because you fear he will make life tough for you. However, this does not provide evidence for the claim that the son deserves to pass the class.

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 1,029 Total Answer Attempts   73%
 749 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 280 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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