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If everyone jumped off a cliff would you?
False Dilemma
AKA Black & White Thinking

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

A False Dilemma is a fallacy in which a person uses the following pattern of "reasoning":

  1. Either claim X is true or claim Y is true (when X and Y could both be false).
  2. Claim Y is false.
  3. Therefore claim X is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because if both claims could be false, then it cannot be inferred that one is true because the other is false. That this is the case is made clear by the following example:
  1. Either 1+1 =4 or 1+1=12.
  2. It is not the case that 1+1 = 4.
  3. Therefore 1+1 =12.
In cases in which the two options are, in fact, the only two options, this line of reasoning is not fallacious. For example:
  1. Bill is dead or he is alive.
  2. Bill is not dead.
  3. Therefore Bill is alive.

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 45 Total Answer Attempts   24%
 11 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 34 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
11 - False Dilemma
7 - Appeal to Novelty
3 - Peer Pressure
2 - Relativist Fallacy
2 - Appeal to Belief
2 - Appeal to Popularity
2 - Slippery Slope
2 - Hasty Generalization
2 - Appeal to Common Practice
1 - Appeal to Spite
1 - Confusing Cause and Effect
1 - Post Hoc
1 - Genetic Fallacy
1 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
1 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
1 - Red Herring
1 - Personal Attack
1 - Gambler's Fallacy
1 - Guilt by Association
1 - Fallacy of Composition
1 - Begging the Question

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