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We're going to have to cut the education budget or go deeper into debt. We can't afford to go deeper into debt. So we'll have to cut the education budget.
False Dilemma
AKA Black & White Thinking

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

A False Dilemma is a fallacy in which a person uses the following pattern of "reasoning":

  1. Either claim X is true or claim Y is true (when X and Y could both be false).
  2. Claim Y is false.
  3. Therefore claim X is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because if both claims could be false, then it cannot be inferred that one is true because the other is false. That this is the case is made clear by the following example:
  1. Either 1+1 =4 or 1+1=12.
  2. It is not the case that 1+1 = 4.
  3. Therefore 1+1 =12.
In cases in which the two options are, in fact, the only two options, this line of reasoning is not fallacious. For example:
  1. Bill is dead or he is alive.
  2. Bill is not dead.
  3. Therefore Bill is alive.

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 851 Total Answer Attempts   65%
 557 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 294 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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