The Skeptical Raptor logical fallacies

  • False Dichotomy

    Description


    A False Dichotomy, or false dilemma, is a dichotomy (a set of two mutually exclusive, jointly exhaustive alternatives) of arguments that ignores the potential for an infinite set of alternative arguments; for an infinite number of overlapping arguments; or for the potential that neither part of the dichotomy is correct. A false dichotomy is often employed by an arguer to force the other side into an extreme position by assuming that there are only two possible positions. At it's essence, it says "you are either with us or against us," which ignores the all other possibilities, such as "we are with you on points A&B, but against you on points C,D&E."

    Example


    Because evolution has not been unable to show exactly how life arose, evolution is therefore disproved, and creationism is obviously the correct answer.




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