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At one time, most people in Europe believed that the earth was the center of the solar system (at least most of those who had beliefs about such things). However, this belief turned out to be false.
Appeal to Belief
Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings)

Appeal to Belief is a fallacy that has this general pattern:

  1. Most people believe that a claim, X, is true.
  2. Therefore X is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because the fact that many people believe a claim does not, in general, serve as evidence that the claim is true.

There are, however, some cases when the fact that many people accept a claim as true is an indication that it is true. For example, while you are visiting Maine, you are told by several people that they believe that people older than 16 need to buy a fishing license in order to fish. Barring reasons to doubt these people, their statements give you reason to believe that anyone over 16 will need to buy a fishing license.

There are also cases in which what people believe actually determines the truth of a claim. For example, the truth of claims about manners and proper behavior might simply depend on what people believe to be good manners and proper behavior. Another example is the case of community standards, which are often taken to be the standards that most people accept. In some cases, what violates certain community standards is taken to be obscene. In such cases, for the claim "x is obscene" to be true is for most people in that community to believe that x is obscene. In such cases it is still prudent to question the justification of the individual beliefs.

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 1,304 Total Answer Attempts   46%
 600 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 704 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

600 - Appeal to Belief
71 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
47 - Biased Generalization
45 - Hasty Generalization
37 - Appeal to Ridicule
37 - Appeal to Popularity
33 - Appeal to Tradition
31 - Burden of Proof
31 - Appeal to Common Practice
24 - Begging the Question
24 - Poisoning the Well
23 - Relativist Fallacy
22 - Misleading Vividness
21 - Appeal to Novelty
21 - Fallacy of Composition
20 - Red Herring
20 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
19 - Genetic Fallacy
17 - Post Hoc
17 - Guilt by Association
16 - Fallacy of Division
14 - Appeal to Authority
11 - False Dilemma
11 - Confusing Cause and Effect
10 - Appeal to Spite
9 - Middle Ground
9 - Ad Hominem
8 - Gambler's Fallacy
8 - Slippery Slope
8 - Peer Pressure
7 - Appeal to Flattery
7 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
6 - Ignoring a Common Cause
5 - Appeal to Fear
5 - Special Pleading
4 - Personal Attack
3 - Appeal to Pity
3 - Appeal to Emotion

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't this not fall under the logical fallacy of "Appeal to Belief"? My understanding is that Appeal to Belief occurs when you have a generalized statement of the populous and then an agreement with said statement. In this sentence, he's just stating a fact.

8.11.19 09:48 by nsomarro
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