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Who cares if you can show flaws in the official narrative. That's not the same as proving it wrong!
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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 775 Total Answer Attempts   52%
 400 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 375 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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