Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Below is the statement as it appears with the fallacy marked as correct. You can see the totals of most frequent responses to this statement. And after reading the any discussion going on below, you can select your choice(s) for the correct answer. For now, whoever posts each statement can update corrections.
But ending drug prohibition would be too dangerous!
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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 812 Total Answer Attempts   74%
 603 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 209 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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