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I don't think that there will be a nuclear war. If I believed that, I wouldn't be able to get up in the morning. I mean, how depressing.
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
Argumentum Ad Consequentium

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

The Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief is a fallacy that comes in the following patterns:

#1: X is true because if people did not accept X as being true, then there would be negative consequences.
#2: X is false because if people did not accept X as being false, then there would be negative consequences.

#3: X is true because accepting that X is true has positive consequences.
#4: X is false because accepting that X is false has positive consequences.

#5: I wish that X were true, therefore X is true. This is known as Wishful Thinking.
#6: I wish that X were false, therefore X is false. This is known as Wishful Thinking.

This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because the consequences of a belief have no bearing on whether the belief is true or false. For example, if someone were to say "If sixteen-headed purple unicorns don't exist, then I would be miserable, so they must exist", it would be clear that this would not be a good line of reasoning. It is important to note that the consequences in question are the consequences that stem from the belief. It is important to distinguish between a rational reason to believe (RRB) (evidence) and a prudential reason to believe (PRB) (motivation). A RRB is evidence that objectively and logically supports the claim. A PRB is a reason to accept the belief because of some external factor (such as fear, a threat, or a benefit or harm that may stem from the belief) that is relevant to what a person values but is not relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. The nature of the fallacy is especially clear in the case of Wishful thinking. Obviously, merely wishing that something is true does not make it true. This fallacy differs from the Appeal to Belief fallacy in that the Appeal to Belief involves taking a claim that most people believe that X is true to be evidence for X being true.

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 1,263 Total Answer Attempts   64%
 808 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 455 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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