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"Those crazy conservatives! They think a strong military is the key to peace! Such fools!"
Appeal to Ridicule
AKA Appeal to Mockery, The Horse Laugh

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

The Appeal to Ridicule is a fallacy in which ridicule or mockery is substituted for evidence in an "argument." This line of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. X, which is some form of ridicule is presented (typically directed at the claim).
  2. Therefore claim C is false.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because mocking a claim does not show that it is false. This is especially clear in the following example: "1+1=2! That's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard!"

It should be noted that showing that a claim is ridiculous through the use of legitimate methods (such as a non fallacious argument) can make it reasonable to reject the claim. One form of this line of reasoning is known as a "reductio ad absurdum" ("reducing to absurdity"). In this sort of argument, the idea is to show that a contradiction (a statement that must be false) or an absurd result follows from a claim. For example: "Bill claims that a member of a minority group cannot be a racist. However, this is absurd. Think about this: white males are a minority in the world. Given Bill's claim, it would follow that no white males could be racists. Hence, the Klan, Nazis, and white supremacists are not racist organizations."

Since the claim that the Klan, Nazis, and white supremacists are not racist organizations is clearly absurd, it can be concluded that the claim that a member of a minority cannot be a racist is false.

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 1,248 Total Answer Attempts   59%
 738 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 510 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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