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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Grading this exam on a curve would be the most fair thing to do. After all, classes go more smoothly when the students and the professor are getting along well.
Red Herring
AKA Smoke Screen, Wild Goose Chase

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings)

A Red Herring is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue. The basic idea is to "win" an argument by leading attention away from the argument and to another topic. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. Topic A is under discussion.
  2. Topic B is introduced under the guise of being relevant to topic A (when topic B is actually not relevant to topic A).
  3. Topic A is abandoned.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because merely changing the topic of discussion hardly counts as an argument against a claim.

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 1,343 Total Answer Attempts   29%
 383 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 960 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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383 - Red Herring
71 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
65 - Appeal to Popularity
63 - Confusing Cause and Effect
60 - Appeal to Emotion
39 - Peer Pressure
36 - Appeal to Flattery
36 - Middle Ground
34 - Appeal to Common Practice
33 - Appeal to Belief
33 - Biased Generalization
31 - Relativist Fallacy
31 - Fallacy of Composition
31 - False Dilemma
30 - Special Pleading
29 - Ignoring a Common Cause
27 - Fallacy of Division
26 - Begging the Question
25 - Hasty Generalization
23 - Appeal to Authority
23 - Slippery Slope
22 - Post Hoc
21 - Burden of Proof
21 - Appeal to Pity
18 - Misleading Vividness
15 - Appeal to Novelty
14 - Appeal to Fear
13 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
12 - Appeal to Tradition
11 - Poisoning the Well
11 - Gambler's Fallacy
10 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
10 - Ad Hominem
10 - Genetic Fallacy
9 - Appeal to Ridicule
8 - Guilt by Association
7 - Appeal to Spite
2 - Personal Attack

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