Appeal to ridicule:
|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.