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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.
Bill: "Smoking is very unhealthy and leads to all sorts of problems. So take my advice and never start."
Jill: "Well, I certainly don't want to get cancer."
Bill: "I'm going to get a smoke. Want to join me Dave?"
Jill: "Well, I guess smoking can't be that bad. After all, Bill smokes."
Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
AKA "You Too Fallacy"

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

This fallacy is committed when it is concluded that a person's claim is false because 1) it is inconsistent with something else a person has said or 2) what a person says is inconsistent with her actions. This type of "argument" has the following form:

  1. Person A makes claim X.
  2. Person B asserts that A's actions or past claims are inconsistent with the truth of claim X.
  3. Therefore X is false.
The fact that a person makes inconsistent claims does not make any particular claim he makes false (although of any pair of inconsistent claims only one can be true-but both can be false). Also, the fact that a person's claims are not consistent with his actions might indicate that the person is a hypocrite but this does not prove his claims are false.

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 1,316 Total Answer Attempts   33%
 438 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 878 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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