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The lack of evidence proves that the conspiracy is working.
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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 1,416 Total Answer Attempts   70%
 985 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 431 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
985 - Burden of Proof
41 - Confusing Cause and Effect
35 - Begging the Question
28 - Biased Generalization
26 - Hasty Generalization
26 - Post Hoc
24 - Red Herring
20 - Fallacy of Composition
17 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
16 - Gambler's Fallacy
15 - Misleading Vividness
14 - Ignoring a Common Cause
13 - Slippery Slope
12 - Relativist Fallacy
11 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
11 - Poisoning the Well
10 - Appeal to Belief
10 - Appeal to Ridicule
9 - Special Pleading
9 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
9 - Fallacy of Division
9 - False Dilemma
9 - Genetic Fallacy
8 - Appeal to Tradition
8 - Guilt by Association
5 - Ad Hominem
5 - Appeal to Common Practice
5 - Appeal to Fear
5 - Middle Ground
5 - Appeal to Spite
4 - Appeal to Flattery
3 - Peer Pressure
3 - Appeal to Authority
2 - Appeal to Pity
2 - Appeal to Popularity
2 - Appeal to Emotion

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