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If you don't give me a hot fudge sunday I Will throw you in jail!
Appeal to Fear
Ad Baculum

AKA Scare Tactics, Appeal to Force

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

The Appeal to Fear is a fallacy with the following pattern:

  1. Y is presented (a claim that is intended to produce fear).
  2. Therefore claim X is true (a claim that is generally, but need not be, related to Y in some manner).
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because creating fear in people does not constitute evidence for a claim.

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. For example, it might be prudent to not fail the son of your department chairperson because you fear he will make life tough for you. However, this does not provide evidence for the claim that the son deserves to pass the class.

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 1,071 Total Answer Attempts   80%
 856 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 215 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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I think the answer is appeal to fear.

3.13.15 17:21 by We Deserve Better
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