Fallacy Examples

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Appeal to Authority

Katherine loves Tom Cruise. One day, she meets Tom Cruise and he tells her unicorns live in New York City. Without searching to find out if fairy tales have sprung to life in the midtown Manhattan, she believes it to be true.

2

From Ignorance

People have been praying to God for years. No one can prove He doesn't exist. Therefore, He exists.

3

Begging the Question

If aliens didn't steal my newspaper, who did?

4

False Alternatives

Katie is one of 16,400 students on her college campus. The only boys worth dating are Dave and Steve

5

Red Herring

There are starving children in Africa. Eat your carrots.

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Slippery Slope

If we teach Tommy how to drive the car, he'll want to learn how to fly helicopters next!

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Straw Man

President Trump doesn't have middle-class Americans in mind. He's part of the upper echelon of America.

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Ad Hominem (Attacking the Person)

That face cream can't be good. Kim Kardashian is selling it.

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Equivocation

Giving money to charity is the right thing to do. So charities have a right to our money.

10

Irrelevant conclusion

Apples are red, and an apple is a fruit. Therefore, a tomato is Red.

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Suppressed Evidence

X caused cancer in lab rats, X would cause cancer in humans

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Faulty analogy

My love is like a red, red rose, miracle gro is an apt present to give my love on Valentine's day