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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Surely a man as smart as you can see this is a brilliant proposal.
Appeal to Flattery
AKA Apple Polishing, various 'colorful' expressions

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

An Appeal to Flattery is a fallacy of the following form:

  1. Person A is flattered by person B.
  2. Person B makes claim X.
  3. Therefore X is true.
The basic idea behind this fallacy is that flattery is presented in the place of evidence for accepting a claim. This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because flattery is not, in fact, evidence for a claim. This is especially clear in a case like this: "My Bill, that is a really nice tie. By the way, it is quite clear that one plus one is equal to forty three."

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 1,383 Total Answer Attempts   90%
 1,241 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 142 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
1,241 - Appeal to Flattery
10 - Genetic Fallacy
9 - Biased Generalization
9 - Appeal to Emotion
9 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
8 - Appeal to Belief
8 - Appeal to Authority
8 - Special Pleading
8 - Red Herring
6 - Appeal to Popularity
6 - Relativist Fallacy
6 - Peer Pressure
5 - Hasty Generalization
5 - Begging the Question
5 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
4 - Appeal to Tradition
4 - Burden of Proof
4 - Post Hoc
3 - Appeal to Ridicule
3 - Ad Hominem
2 - Guilt by Association
2 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
2 - Misleading Vividness
2 - Fallacy of Composition
2 - Confusing Cause and Effect
2 - Gambler's Fallacy
2 - Middle Ground
1 - Appeal to Common Practice
1 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Appeal to Novelty
1 - Appeal to Pity
1 - Personal Attack
1 - False Dilemma
1 - Poisoning the Well
1 - Slippery Slope

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