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If evolution were true, then we would be no better than monkeys. Therefore, it must be false.
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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 1,418 Total Answer Attempts   48%
 683 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 735 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

683 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
55 - Genetic Fallacy
50 - Confusing Cause and Effect
49 - False Dilemma
41 - Fallacy of Composition
40 - Begging the Question
36 - Biased Generalization
35 - Burden of Proof
34 - Appeal to Ridicule
31 - Hasty Generalization
30 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
29 - Red Herring
28 - Relativist Fallacy
24 - Post Hoc
24 - Ignoring a Common Cause
23 - Slippery Slope
20 - Misleading Vividness
19 - Special Pleading
17 - Appeal to Belief
16 - Poisoning the Well
15 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
15 - Appeal to Tradition
14 - Fallacy of Division
13 - Appeal to Spite
9 - Appeal to Pity
8 - Appeal to Flattery
8 - Middle Ground
8 - Appeal to Common Practice
7 - Guilt by Association
7 - Gambler's Fallacy
7 - Ad Hominem
6 - Appeal to Novelty
5 - Appeal to Fear
4 - Appeal to Emotion
4 - Appeal to Popularity
2 - Personal Attack
2 - Appeal to Authority

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