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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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 972 Total Answer Attempts   34%
 330 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 642 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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