Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Appeal to Flattery
AKA Apple Polishing, various 'colorful' expressions

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

An Appeal to Flattery is a fallacy of the following form:

  1. Person A is flattered by person B.
  2. Person B makes claim X.
  3. Therefore X is true.
The basic idea behind this fallacy is that flattery is presented in the place of evidence for accepting a claim. This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because flattery is not, in fact, evidence for a claim. This is especially clear in a case like this: "My Bill, that is a really nice tie. By the way, it is quite clear that one plus one is equal to forty three."

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 853 Total Answer Attempts   66%
 561 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 292 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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