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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.
The Volkswagen Beetle is an evil car because it was originally designed by Hitler's army.
Genetic Fallacy
Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

A Genetic Fallacy is a line of "reasoning" in which a perceived defect in the origin of a claim or thing is taken to be evidence that discredits the claim or thing itself. It is also a line of reasoning in which the origin of a claim or thing is taken to be evidence for the claim or thing. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. The origin of a claim or thing is presented.
  2. The claim is true(or false) or the thing is supported (or discredited).
It is clear that sort of "reasoning" is fallacious. For example: "Bill claims that 1+1=2. However, my parents brought me up to believe that 1+1=254, so Bill must be wrong."

It should be noted that there are some cases in which the origin of a claim is relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. For example, a claim that comes from a reliable expert is likely to be true (provided it is in her area of expertise).

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 1,367 Total Answer Attempts   34%
 463 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 904 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
463 - Genetic Fallacy
116 - Guilt by Association
60 - Poisoning the Well
51 - Biased Generalization
48 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
44 - Hasty Generalization
39 - Appeal to Spite
38 - Appeal to Emotion
38 - Red Herring
38 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
36 - Post Hoc
35 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
34 - Appeal to Fear
34 - Personal Attack
33 - Confusing Cause and Effect
28 - False Dilemma
27 - Ad Hominem
25 - Misleading Vividness
24 - Fallacy of Composition
19 - Slippery Slope
19 - Appeal to Belief
18 - Relativist Fallacy
15 - Appeal to Ridicule
14 - Burden of Proof
10 - Appeal to Pity
9 - Begging the Question
8 - Special Pleading
7 - Appeal to Tradition
7 - Fallacy of Division
6 - Appeal to Novelty
4 - Peer Pressure
4 - Gambler's Fallacy
4 - Appeal to Flattery
3 - Appeal to Popularity
3 - Ignoring a Common Cause
3 - Appeal to Authority
2 - Middle Ground
1 - Appeal to Common Practice

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