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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.
Illicit drugs cannot be legalized. They are illegal.
Begging the Question
Petitio Principii

AKA Circular Reasoning, Reasoning in a Circle

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

Begging the Question is a fallacy in which the premises include the claim that the conclusion is true or (directly or indirectly) assume that the conclusion is true. This sort of "reasoning" typically has the following form.

  1. Premises in which the truth of the conclusion is claimed or the truth of the conclusion is assumed (either directly or indirectly).
  2. Claim C (the conclusion) is true.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because simply assuming that the conclusion is true (directly or indirectly) in the premises does not constitute evidence for that conclusion. Obviously, simply assuming a claim is true does not serve as evidence for that claim. This is especially clear in particularly blatant cases: "X is true. The evidence for this claim is that X is true."

Some cases of question begging are fairly blatant, while others can be extremely subtle.

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 761 Total Answer Attempts   56%
 427 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 334 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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