Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Concerned Parents Demand Removal Of Arsenic From Periodic Table Of Elements
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
Argumentum Ad Consequentium

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

The Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief is a fallacy that comes in the following patterns:

#1: X is true because if people did not accept X as being true, then there would be negative consequences.
#2: X is false because if people did not accept X as being false, then there would be negative consequences.

#3: X is true because accepting that X is true has positive consequences.
#4: X is false because accepting that X is false has positive consequences.

#5: I wish that X were true, therefore X is true. This is known as Wishful Thinking.
#6: I wish that X were false, therefore X is false. This is known as Wishful Thinking.

This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because the consequences of a belief have no bearing on whether the belief is true or false. For example, if someone were to say "If sixteen-headed purple unicorns don't exist, then I would be miserable, so they must exist", it would be clear that this would not be a good line of reasoning. It is important to note that the consequences in question are the consequences that stem from the belief. It is important to distinguish between a rational reason to believe (RRB) (evidence) and a prudential reason to believe (PRB) (motivation). A RRB is evidence that objectively and logically supports the claim. A PRB is a reason to accept the belief because of some external factor (such as fear, a threat, or a benefit or harm that may stem from the belief) that is relevant to what a person values but is not relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. The nature of the fallacy is especially clear in the case of Wishful thinking. Obviously, merely wishing that something is true does not make it true. This fallacy differs from the Appeal to Belief fallacy in that the Appeal to Belief involves taking a claim that most people believe that X is true to be evidence for X being true.

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 1,399 Total Answer Attempts   29%
 403 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 996 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

403 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
117 - Appeal to Fear
69 - Appeal to Emotion
51 - Special Pleading
47 - Peer Pressure
46 - Appeal to Popularity
46 - False Dilemma
40 - Confusing Cause and Effect
39 - Hasty Generalization
39 - Appeal to Authority
37 - Guilt by Association
33 - Slippery Slope
32 - Appeal to Belief
31 - Fallacy of Composition
31 - Relativist Fallacy
30 - Red Herring
26 - Misleading Vividness
25 - Begging the Question
22 - Biased Generalization
21 - Genetic Fallacy
20 - Appeal to Ridicule
19 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
19 - Post Hoc
15 - Appeal to Common Practice
15 - Poisoning the Well
15 - Ignoring a Common Cause
15 - Appeal to Spite
14 - Burden of Proof
14 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
13 - Fallacy of Division
10 - Appeal to Novelty
10 - Appeal to Tradition
9 - Ad Hominem
8 - Appeal to Flattery
6 - Personal Attack
5 - Middle Ground
4 - Appeal to Pity
3 - Gambler's Fallacy

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