Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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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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 675 Total Answer Attempts   65%
 439 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 236 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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