Fallacy of the Week – Affirming the Consequent

Affirming the Consequent _ a statement where the second premise affirms the consequent of the first premise.

Example:

If Johnny takes poison, then Johnny will die.

Johnny is dead. (affirming the consequent)

Therefore: Johnny took poison. ERROR! Johnny might have been hit by a bus.

 

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Fallacy of the Week – Appeal to Emotion

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