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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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 1,326 Total Answer Attempts   49%
 653 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 673 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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