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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Below is the statement as it appears with the fallacy marked as correct. You can see the totals of most frequent responses to this statement. And after reading the any discussion going on below, you can select your choice(s) for the correct answer. For now, whoever posts each statement can update corrections.
John: "Sally was saying that people shouldn't hunt animals or kill them for food or clothing. She also..."
Wanda: "Well, Sally is a sissy crybaby who loves animals way too much."
John: "So?"
Wanda: "That means she is wrong about that animal stuff. Also, if we weren't supposed to eat 'em, they wouldn't be made of meat."
Ad Hominem
AKA Ad Hominem Abusive, Personal Attack

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

Translated from Latin to English, "ad Hominem" means "against the man" or "against the person."

An ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting). This type of "argument" has the following form:

  1. Person A makes claim X.
  2. Person B makes an attack on person A.
  3. Therefore A's claim is false.
The reason why an ad Hominem (of any kind) is a fallacy is that the character, circumstances, or actions of a person do not (in most cases) have a bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made (or the quality of the argument being made).

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 1,129 Total Answer Attempts   50%
 562 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 567 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
562 - Ad Hominem
54 - Appeal to Ridicule
53 - Personal Attack
36 - Poisoning the Well
34 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
32 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
25 - Fallacy of Composition
24 - Appeal to Belief
23 - Confusing Cause and Effect
22 - Appeal to Spite
18 - Begging the Question
17 - Biased Generalization
15 - Red Herring
15 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
15 - Hasty Generalization
14 - Genetic Fallacy
13 - Slippery Slope
13 - Relativist Fallacy
13 - Appeal to Emotion
11 - Appeal to Common Practice
11 - Guilt by Association
11 - False Dilemma
11 - Middle Ground
10 - Gambler's Fallacy
9 - Post Hoc
8 - Misleading Vividness
8 - Appeal to Authority
7 - Appeal to Popularity
7 - Fallacy of Division
7 - Burden of Proof
6 - Ignoring a Common Cause
6 - Appeal to Tradition
6 - Special Pleading
5 - Peer Pressure
4 - Appeal to Pity
2 - Appeal to Fear
2 - Appeal to Novelty

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