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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.
Why would you want to legalize marijuana and give it to children? That's a terrible idea.
Straw Man
Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings)

The Straw Man fallacy is committed when a person simply ignores a person's actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position. This sort of "reasoning" has the following pattern:

  1. Person A has position X.
  2. Person B presents position Y (which is a distorted version of X).
  3. Person B attacks position Y.
  4. Therefore X is false/incorrect/flawed.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because attacking a distorted version of a position simply does not constitute an attack on the position itself. One might as well expect an attack on a poor drawing of a person to hurt the person.

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 804 Total Answer Attempts   50%
 406 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 398 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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