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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.
People have been trying for centuries to prove that God exists. But no one has yet been able to prove it. Therefore, God does not exist.
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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 1,063 Total Answer Attempts   38%
 407 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 656 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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407 - Begging the Question
99 - Burden of Proof
42 - Hasty Generalization
40 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
37 - Confusing Cause and Effect
30 - False Dilemma
30 - Post Hoc
28 - Appeal to Tradition
28 - Relativist Fallacy
27 - Fallacy of Composition
25 - Appeal to Belief
25 - Genetic Fallacy
22 - Appeal to Popularity
22 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
21 - Gambler's Fallacy
20 - Red Herring
20 - Biased Generalization
16 - Appeal to Common Practice
15 - Fallacy of Division
14 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
14 - Misleading Vividness
13 - Slippery Slope
12 - Ad Hominem
10 - Ignoring a Common Cause
7 - Poisoning the Well
7 - Appeal to Ridicule
6 - Appeal to Novelty
5 - Special Pleading
5 - Appeal to Spite
4 - Personal Attack
4 - Middle Ground
3 - Peer Pressure
2 - Guilt by Association
1 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Appeal to Authority
1 - Appeal to Emotion

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