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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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"Argument" against a bond measure:
"We admit that this measure is popular. But we also urge you to note that there are so many bond issues on this ballot that the whole thing is getting ridiculous."
Red Herring
AKA Smoke Screen, Wild Goose Chase

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings)

A Red Herring is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue. The basic idea is to "win" an argument by leading attention away from the argument and to another topic. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. Topic A is under discussion.
  2. Topic B is introduced under the guise of being relevant to topic A (when topic B is actually not relevant to topic A).
  3. Topic A is abandoned.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because merely changing the topic of discussion hardly counts as an argument against a claim.

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 1,300 Total Answer Attempts   37%
 484 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 816 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
484 - Red Herring
55 - Appeal to Ridicule
46 - Misleading Vividness
39 - False Dilemma
38 - Poisoning the Well
35 - Biased Generalization
35 - Relativist Fallacy
35 - Special Pleading
33 - Fallacy of Composition
33 - Slippery Slope
30 - Appeal to Popularity
28 - Guilt by Association
27 - Confusing Cause and Effect
26 - Appeal to Common Practice
25 - Hasty Generalization
25 - Fallacy of Division
24 - Begging the Question
21 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
21 - Middle Ground
19 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
18 - Appeal to Spite
17 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
16 - Appeal to Emotion
15 - Ignoring a Common Cause
15 - Burden of Proof
15 - Appeal to Fear
15 - Genetic Fallacy
14 - Peer Pressure
13 - Appeal to Pity
12 - Appeal to Authority
12 - Ad Hominem
11 - Appeal to Tradition
11 - Gambler's Fallacy
11 - Post Hoc
10 - Appeal to Belief
9 - Appeal to Novelty
6 - Personal Attack
1 - Appeal to Flattery

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