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Bill: "I think that we should invest more money in expanding the interstate system."
Jill: "I think that would be a bad idea, considering the state of the treasury."
Bill: How can anyone be against highway improvements?"
Burden of Proof
Ad Ignorantiam

AKA Appeal to Ignorance

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

Burden of Proof is a fallacy in which the burden of proof is placed on the wrong side. Another version occurs when a lack of evidence for side A is taken to be evidence for side B in cases in which the burden of proof actually rests on side B. A common name for this is an Appeal to Ignorance. This sort of reasoning typically has the following form:

  1. Claim X is presented by side A and the burden of proof actually rests on side B.
  2. Side B claims that X is false because there is no proof for X.
In many situations, one side has the burden of proof resting on it. This side is obligated to provide evidence for its position. The claim of the other side, the one that does not bear the burden of proof, is assumed to be true unless proven otherwise. The difficulty in such cases is determining which side, if any, the burden of proof rests on. In many cases, settling this issue can be a matter of significant debate. In some cases the burden of proof is set by the situation. For example, in American law a person is assumed to be innocent until proven guilty (hence the burden of proof is on the prosecution). As another example, in debate the burden of proof is placed on the affirmative team. As a final example, in most cases the burden of proof rests on those who claim something exists (such as Bigfoot, psychic powers, universals, and sense data).

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 772 Total Answer Attempts   10%
 75 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 697 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

75 - Burden of Proof
51 - Appeal to Popularity
36 - Begging the Question
34 - Appeal to Emotion
33 - False Dilemma
33 - Peer Pressure
33 - Red Herring
29 - Special Pleading
27 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
27 - Appeal to Ridicule
26 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
26 - Personal Attack
24 - Fallacy of Composition
23 - Appeal to Common Practice
22 - Appeal to Belief
22 - Biased Generalization
21 - Confusing Cause and Effect
21 - Guilt by Association
20 - Fallacy of Division
19 - Hasty Generalization
19 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
18 - Ignoring a Common Cause
18 - Poisoning the Well
15 - Appeal to Spite
13 - Ad Hominem
12 - Appeal to Tradition
11 - Appeal to Novelty
10 - Post Hoc
9 - Middle Ground
9 - Appeal to Pity
8 - Misleading Vividness
7 - Genetic Fallacy
7 - Relativist Fallacy
6 - Slippery Slope
3 - Appeal to Fear
3 - Appeal to Authority
1 - Spotlight
1 - Appeal to Flattery

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this question needs thrown out...
could be 4 of the answers...

6.30.16 08:43 by ozzz169
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