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Details of our lovely visit to Italy and its gorgeous countryside
Misleading Vividness
Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

Misleading Vividness is a fallacy in which a very small number of particularly dramatic events are taken to outweigh a significant amount of statistical evidence. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. Dramatic or vivid event X occurs (and is not in accord with the majority of the statistical evidence).
  2. Therefore events of type X are likely to occur.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because the mere fact that an event is particularly vivid or dramatic does not make the event more likely to occur, especially in the face of significant statistical evidence.

People often accept this sort of "reasoning" because particularly vivid or dramatic cases tend to make a very strong impression on the human mind. For example, if a person survives a particularly awful plane crash, he might be inclined to believe that air travel is more dangerous than other forms of travel. After all, explosions and people dying around him will have a more significant impact on his mind than will the rather dull statistics that a person is more likely to be struck by lightning than killed in a plane crash.

It should be kept in mind that taking into account the possibility of something dramatic or vivid occurring is not always fallacious. For example, a person might decide to never go sky diving because the effects of an accident can be very, very dramatic. If he knows that, statistically, the chances of the accident are happening are very low but he considers even a small risk to be unacceptable, then he would not be making an error in reasoning.

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 937 Total Answer Attempts   56%
 525 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 412 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

525 - Misleading Vividness
56 - Appeal to Flattery
32 - Biased Generalization
25 - Appeal to Emotion
24 - Red Herring
23 - Begging the Question
23 - Hasty Generalization
21 - Appeal to Novelty
18 - Fallacy of Composition
17 - Confusing Cause and Effect
14 - Appeal to Belief
13 - Appeal to Common Practice
12 - Post Hoc
11 - Middle Ground
11 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
10 - Special Pleading
10 - Burden of Proof
9 - Appeal to Popularity
9 - Fallacy of Division
8 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
8 - Genetic Fallacy
7 - Poisoning the Well
6 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
5 - Appeal to Tradition
5 - Ignoring a Common Cause
5 - Ad Hominem
5 - Guilt by Association
4 - Peer Pressure
4 - Appeal to Spite
4 - Relativist Fallacy
3 - Gambler's Fallacy
3 - Slippery Slope
2 - Appeal to Pity
2 - Appeal to Authority
2 - False Dilemma
1 - Appeal to Ridicule

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This isn't even a complete sentence.

5.3.15 16:19 by Scythe
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