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We can either stop using cars or destroy the earth.
False Dilemma
AKA Black & White Thinking

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

A False Dilemma is a fallacy in which a person uses the following pattern of "reasoning":

  1. Either claim X is true or claim Y is true (when X and Y could both be false).
  2. Claim Y is false.
  3. Therefore claim X is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because if both claims could be false, then it cannot be inferred that one is true because the other is false. That this is the case is made clear by the following example:
  1. Either 1+1 =4 or 1+1=12.
  2. It is not the case that 1+1 = 4.
  3. Therefore 1+1 =12.
In cases in which the two options are, in fact, the only two options, this line of reasoning is not fallacious. For example:
  1. Bill is dead or he is alive.
  2. Bill is not dead.
  3. Therefore Bill is alive.

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 1,495 Total Answer Attempts   69%
 1,028 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 467 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
1,028 - False Dilemma
47 - Appeal to Fear
41 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
38 - Slippery Slope
33 - Confusing Cause and Effect
26 - Misleading Vividness
26 - Fallacy of Division
24 - Hasty Generalization
20 - Appeal to Emotion
17 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
16 - Fallacy of Composition
15 - Begging the Question
12 - Biased Generalization
12 - Red Herring
12 - Guilt by Association
10 - Poisoning the Well
10 - Middle Ground
8 - Appeal to Ridicule
8 - Appeal to Belief
7 - Relativist Fallacy
7 - Peer Pressure
7 - Appeal to Common Practice
7 - Special Pleading
7 - Ignoring a Common Cause
7 - Gambler's Fallacy
6 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
6 - Burden of Proof
5 - Appeal to Pity
5 - Appeal to Novelty
4 - Appeal to Popularity
4 - Genetic Fallacy
4 - Appeal to Authority
4 - Appeal to Flattery
4 - Ad Hominem
4 - Appeal to Spite
3 - Post Hoc
1 - Personal Attack

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