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Bill thinks that welfare is needed in some cases. His friends in the Young Republicans taunt him every time he makes his views known. He accepts their views in order to avoid rejection.
Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure is a fallacy in which a threat of rejection by one's peers (or peer pressure) is substituted for evidence in an "argument." This line of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. Person P is pressured by his/her peers or threatened with rejection.
  2. Therefore person P's claim X is false.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because peer pressure and threat of rejection do not constitute evidence for rejecting a claim. This is especially clear in the following example:

Joe: "Bill, I know you think that 1+1=2. But we don’t accept that sort of thing in our group."
Bill: "I was just joking. Of course I don't believe that."

It is clear that the pressure from Bill's group has no bearing on the truth of the claim that 1+1=2.

It should be noted that loyalty to a group and the need to belong can give people very strong reasons to conform to the views and positions of those groups. Further, from a practical standpoint we must often compromise our beliefs in order to belong to groups. However, this feeling of loyalty or the need to belong simply do not constitute evidence for a claim.

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 1,230 Total Answer Attempts   79%
 966 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 264 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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966 - Peer Pressure
37 - Appeal to Ridicule
23 - Appeal to Popularity
16 - Appeal to Belief
14 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
13 - Personal Attack
13 - Appeal to Common Practice
10 - Appeal to Fear
9 - Guilt by Association
9 - Appeal to Tradition
8 - Slippery Slope
8 - False Dilemma
7 - Hasty Generalization
7 - Appeal to Authority
7 - Biased Generalization
7 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
7 - Relativist Fallacy
6 - Appeal to Emotion
6 - Post Hoc
5 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
5 - Appeal to Flattery
5 - Appeal to Pity
5 - Red Herring
5 - Confusing Cause and Effect
4 - Appeal to Spite
4 - Burden of Proof
4 - Poisoning the Well
4 - Ad Hominem
4 - Ignoring a Common Cause
3 - Middle Ground
3 - Gambler's Fallacy
2 - Fallacy of Division
1 - Appeal to Novelty
1 - Begging the Question
1 - Special Pleading
1 - Genetic Fallacy

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