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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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 1,296 Total Answer Attempts   59%
 759 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 537 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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