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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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 1,350 Total Answer Attempts   31%
 418 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 932 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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418 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
66 - Special Pleading
62 - Peer Pressure
49 - Appeal to Authority
45 - Begging the Question
43 - Appeal to Tradition
41 - False Dilemma
40 - Appeal to Fear
40 - Fallacy of Composition
34 - Appeal to Belief
33 - Appeal to Common Practice
33 - Fallacy of Division
31 - Guilt by Association
30 - Ignoring a Common Cause
28 - Misleading Vividness
26 - Red Herring
24 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
22 - Appeal to Popularity
21 - Confusing Cause and Effect
20 - Burden of Proof
20 - Relativist Fallacy
18 - Hasty Generalization
18 - Post Hoc
18 - Appeal to Flattery
18 - Biased Generalization
16 - Appeal to Emotion
15 - Poisoning the Well
15 - Middle Ground
15 - Gambler's Fallacy
13 - Genetic Fallacy
13 - Appeal to Spite
12 - Slippery Slope
12 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
11 - Appeal to Pity
11 - Appeal to Novelty
10 - Ad Hominem
5 - Personal Attack
3 - Appeal to Ridicule
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