pseudoreasoning

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smokescreen

bringing up an irrelevant topic to draw attention away from the issue at hand

subjectivist fallacy

asserting that a claim may be true for one person but not another

appeal to belief

urging acceptance of a claim simply because some selection of other people believe it

common practice

justifying an action or practice on the grounds that lots of people engage in it

peer pressure

accepting a claim simply because we believe it will gain us approval from our friends or associates, where that approval is irrelevant to the truth of the claim

bandwagon

supporting a position, candidate, or policy simply because we think it is going to win or become the dominant alternative

wishful thinking

believing that a claim is more likely to be true just on the basis of our desire that it be true

scare tactics

accepting or urging acceptance of a claim on grounds of fear, when the threat is not relevant to the issue addressed by the claim

appeal to pity

accepting or urging acceptance of a claim on grounds of pity, when the appeal is not relevant to the issue addressed by the claim

apple polishing

accepting or urging acceptance of a claim on grounds of vanity, allowing praise of oneself to substitute for judgment about the truth of a claim

sarcasm

making someone the butt of a joke or humorous remark in an effort to get him or her to accept a claim, or accepting a claim simply to keep from being the butt of such a remark

appeal to anger

substituting anger or indignation for reason and judgment when taking a side on an issue

two wrongs make a right

someone did something to you so you should do something to them to make it even

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