Appeal to ridicule:

Emotional Fallacy
Definition Example
When ridicule or shame is introduced in an attempt to invalidate the opposing position. So, since you believe in evolution, you have to believe your grandfather was an ape! Hilarious!
Also known as: appeal to mockery / the horse laugh
Ridicule is a fallacy only when it is used to persuade others to change their position. In the form of satire or in the form of a reductio ad absurdum argument, ridicule can be effectively used to highlight the logical absurdity or weakness of a position.

Case Study One

Many 9/11 truthers mocked the notion that mere “arabs with box-cutters” could take over an airplane.

Keep in mind that a fallacious argument does not entail an erroneous position.

One Response to Appeal to ridicule:

  1. rob hilleary says:

    But if they were Germans with box-cutters who were trained in hand-to-hand combat, then you might believe the official story? No, you wouldn’t. You would find something else to ridicule because from the start you concluded the official story is a lie, and you’re concerned only with data that seems to support this assumption. Arguments like the “arabs with box-cutters” are cheap and facile, and are the principal currency for 9/11 truth reasoning.

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