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People have been trying for years to prove that God does not exist. But no one has yet been able to prove it. Therefore, God exists.
Burden of Proof
Ad Ignorantiam

AKA Appeal to Ignorance

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

Burden of Proof is a fallacy in which the burden of proof is placed on the wrong side. Another version occurs when a lack of evidence for side A is taken to be evidence for side B in cases in which the burden of proof actually rests on side B. A common name for this is an Appeal to Ignorance. This sort of reasoning typically has the following form:

  1. Claim X is presented by side A and the burden of proof actually rests on side B.
  2. Side B claims that X is false because there is no proof for X.
In many situations, one side has the burden of proof resting on it. This side is obligated to provide evidence for its position. The claim of the other side, the one that does not bear the burden of proof, is assumed to be true unless proven otherwise. The difficulty in such cases is determining which side, if any, the burden of proof rests on. In many cases, settling this issue can be a matter of significant debate. In some cases the burden of proof is set by the situation. For example, in American law a person is assumed to be innocent until proven guilty (hence the burden of proof is on the prosecution). As another example, in debate the burden of proof is placed on the affirmative team. As a final example, in most cases the burden of proof rests on those who claim something exists (such as Bigfoot, psychic powers, universals, and sense data).

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 1,405 Total Answer Attempts   74%
 1,044 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 361 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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1,044 - Burden of Proof
37 - False Dilemma
36 - Appeal to Belief
27 - Begging the Question
22 - Confusing Cause and Effect
18 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
17 - Post Hoc
16 - Relativist Fallacy
14 - Biased Generalization
13 - Hasty Generalization
12 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
11 - Appeal to Tradition
10 - Slippery Slope
10 - Fallacy of Composition
9 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
9 - Gambler's Fallacy
9 - Appeal to Common Practice
8 - Genetic Fallacy
8 - Misleading Vividness
8 - Fallacy of Division
6 - Ad Hominem
6 - Ignoring a Common Cause
6 - Appeal to Fear
6 - Middle Ground
5 - Appeal to Popularity
5 - Appeal to Authority
4 - Special Pleading
4 - Appeal to Emotion
4 - Red Herring
4 - Peer Pressure
4 - Personal Attack
3 - Appeal to Pity
3 - Appeal to Flattery
3 - Poisoning the Well
1 - Appeal to Ridicule
1 - Appeal to Spite
1 - Guilt by Association
1 - Appeal to Novelty

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