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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.
"The belief in God is universal. After all, everyone believes in God."
Begging the Question
Petitio Principii

AKA Circular Reasoning, Reasoning in a Circle

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

Begging the Question is a fallacy in which the premises include the claim that the conclusion is true or (directly or indirectly) assume that the conclusion is true. This sort of "reasoning" typically has the following form.

  1. Premises in which the truth of the conclusion is claimed or the truth of the conclusion is assumed (either directly or indirectly).
  2. Claim C (the conclusion) is true.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because simply assuming that the conclusion is true (directly or indirectly) in the premises does not constitute evidence for that conclusion. Obviously, simply assuming a claim is true does not serve as evidence for that claim. This is especially clear in particularly blatant cases: "X is true. The evidence for this claim is that X is true."

Some cases of question begging are fairly blatant, while others can be extremely subtle.

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 1,344 Total Answer Attempts   37%
 492 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 852 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
492 - Begging the Question
93 - Appeal to Popularity
87 - Biased Generalization
80 - Appeal to Belief
76 - Hasty Generalization
73 - Appeal to Common Practice
43 - Appeal to Tradition
35 - Peer Pressure
33 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
32 - Fallacy of Composition
23 - Burden of Proof
22 - Misleading Vividness
21 - Post Hoc
18 - False Dilemma
17 - Relativist Fallacy
16 - Genetic Fallacy
15 - Confusing Cause and Effect
14 - Slippery Slope
13 - Ignoring a Common Cause
12 - Special Pleading
12 - Appeal to Authority
12 - Fallacy of Division
12 - Ad Hominem
11 - Appeal to Emotion
10 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
8 - Guilt by Association
8 - Appeal to Ridicule
7 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
7 - Red Herring
7 - Poisoning the Well
7 - Appeal to Spite
6 - Appeal to Novelty
6 - Middle Ground
6 - Personal Attack
4 - Gambler's Fallacy
3 - Appeal to Pity
2 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Appeal to Flattery

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