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...and going forward it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against Al Qaeda and its affiliates.
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
Argumentum Ad Consequentium

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

The Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief is a fallacy that comes in the following patterns:

#1: X is true because if people did not accept X as being true, then there would be negative consequences.
#2: X is false because if people did not accept X as being false, then there would be negative consequences.

#3: X is true because accepting that X is true has positive consequences.
#4: X is false because accepting that X is false has positive consequences.

#5: I wish that X were true, therefore X is true. This is known as Wishful Thinking.
#6: I wish that X were false, therefore X is false. This is known as Wishful Thinking.

This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because the consequences of a belief have no bearing on whether the belief is true or false. For example, if someone were to say "If sixteen-headed purple unicorns don't exist, then I would be miserable, so they must exist", it would be clear that this would not be a good line of reasoning. It is important to note that the consequences in question are the consequences that stem from the belief. 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. The nature of the fallacy is especially clear in the case of Wishful thinking. Obviously, merely wishing that something is true does not make it true. This fallacy differs from the Appeal to Belief fallacy in that the Appeal to Belief involves taking a claim that most people believe that X is true to be evidence for X being true.

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 1,167 Total Answer Attempts   31%
 361 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 806 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

361 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
59 - Special Pleading
51 - Peer Pressure
39 - False Dilemma
39 - Appeal to Authority
39 - Fallacy of Composition
38 - Appeal to Tradition
37 - Appeal to Fear
35 - Begging the Question
31 - Fallacy of Division
30 - Appeal to Belief
29 - Appeal to Common Practice
27 - Ignoring a Common Cause
25 - Guilt by Association
24 - Misleading Vividness
22 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
22 - Red Herring
20 - Appeal to Popularity
19 - Confusing Cause and Effect
17 - Post Hoc
17 - Burden of Proof
16 - Appeal to Flattery
16 - Relativist Fallacy
15 - Appeal to Emotion
14 - Hasty Generalization
14 - Gambler's Fallacy
13 - Biased Generalization
12 - Genetic Fallacy
12 - Poisoning the Well
12 - Middle Ground
11 - Slippery Slope
11 - Appeal to Spite
9 - Ad Hominem
9 - Appeal to Pity
9 - Appeal to Novelty
8 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
2 - Personal Attack
2 - Appeal to Ridicule
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