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On that day no matter where we came from, what god we prayed to or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family. We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation...
Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure is a fallacy in which a threat of rejection by one's peers (or peer pressure) is substituted for evidence in an "argument." This line of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. Person P is pressured by his/her peers or threatened with rejection.
  2. Therefore person P's claim X is false.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because peer pressure and threat of rejection do not constitute evidence for rejecting a claim. This is especially clear in the following example:

Joe: "Bill, I know you think that 1+1=2. But we don’t accept that sort of thing in our group."
Bill: "I was just joking. Of course I don't believe that."

It is clear that the pressure from Bill's group has no bearing on the truth of the claim that 1+1=2.

It should be noted that loyalty to a group and the need to belong can give people very strong reasons to conform to the views and positions of those groups. Further, from a practical standpoint we must often compromise our beliefs in order to belong to groups. However, this feeling of loyalty or the need to belong simply do not constitute evidence for a claim.

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 612 Total Answer Attempts   26%
 159 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 453 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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I don't get this one.
How is this peer pressure?

5.3.15 16:17 by Scythe
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This one was pulled from a Pop-Up Fallacies video, but agree it's not the clearest. I think the peer pressure comes from "united as one American family." But this one has a very low success rate, so I'm deactivating it. Thanks for all the feedback and participation, Scythe!

5.4.15 05:56 by wikiworldorder
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