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If you think you're better than I am, you must've bumped your precious little head against something.
Appeal to Ridicule
AKA Appeal to Mockery, The Horse Laugh

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

The Appeal to Ridicule is a fallacy in which ridicule or mockery is substituted for evidence in an "argument." This line of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. X, which is some form of ridicule is presented (typically directed at the claim).
  2. Therefore claim C is false.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because mocking a claim does not show that it is false. This is especially clear in the following example: "1+1=2! That's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard!"

It should be noted that showing that a claim is ridiculous through the use of legitimate methods (such as a non fallacious argument) can make it reasonable to reject the claim. One form of this line of reasoning is known as a "reductio ad absurdum" ("reducing to absurdity"). In this sort of argument, the idea is to show that a contradiction (a statement that must be false) or an absurd result follows from a claim. For example: "Bill claims that a member of a minority group cannot be a racist. However, this is absurd. Think about this: white males are a minority in the world. Given Bill's claim, it would follow that no white males could be racists. Hence, the Klan, Nazis, and white supremacists are not racist organizations."

Since the claim that the Klan, Nazis, and white supremacists are not racist organizations is clearly absurd, it can be concluded that the claim that a member of a minority cannot be a racist is false.

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 67 Total Answer Attempts   55%
 37 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 30 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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37 - Appeal to Ridicule
6 - Personal Attack
4 - Appeal to Fear
2 - Ad Hominem
2 - Post Hoc
2 - Poisoning the Well
2 - Genetic Fallacy
2 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
1 - Begging the Question
1 - Appeal to Spite
1 - Red Herring
1 - Appeal to Belief
1 - Ignoring a Common Cause
1 - Confusing Cause and Effect
1 - Appeal to Emotion
1 - Appeal to Novelty
1 - Burden of Proof
1 - Peer Pressure

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