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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.
I don't think a Red Ryder BB rifle would make a good present for you. They are very dangerous and you'll put your eye out. Now, don't you agree that you should think of another gift idea?
Appeal to Fear
Ad Baculum

AKA Scare Tactics, Appeal to Force

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

The Appeal to Fear is a fallacy with the following pattern:

  1. Y is presented (a claim that is intended to produce fear).
  2. Therefore claim X is true (a claim that is generally, but need not be, related to Y in some manner).
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because creating fear in people does not constitute evidence for a claim.

It is important to distinguish between a rational reason to believe (RRB) (evidence) and a prudential reason to believe(PRB) (motivation). A RRB is evidence that objectively and logically supports the claim. A PRB is a reason to accept the belief because of some external factor (such as fear, a threat, or a benefit or harm that may stem from the belief) that is relevant to what a person values but is not relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. For example, it might be prudent to not fail the son of your department chairperson because you fear he will make life tough for you. However, this does not provide evidence for the claim that the son deserves to pass the class.

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 1,312 Total Answer Attempts   73%
 958 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 354 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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