Logic Fallacy = Bad Argument.
If you have every argued with another human (and if you read this blog then I bet that you have) at some point you have certainly heard logic fallacies.
Recognizing and discrediting them is an easy way to win almost any debate. Even when you are in the wrong. But, like a timely joke, it’s so hard to remember them when you need them.
No longer! In this series we present the most common logic fallacies in their most basic forms
Here’s number nine in our “Easy-Peasy guide to Winning Arguments and Losing Friends”. But don’t worry, most of your soon to be ex-friends are fallacious losers anyways.
Appeal to the Bandwagon
(aka Peer Pressure, Arguing the Majority)
Everybody disagrees with A, therefore A is false
An Appeal to the Bandwagon is just peer pressure. Or, as a fallacy, when a threat of rejection is substituted for evidence in an “argument”.
Randy: “I know you like other boys. But we don’t accept that sort of thing in Alabama.”
Bill: “I was just joking. I only like girls! ha ha…”
Hanse: “Heh Fritz! Why are you reading that book?”
Helmut: ” Ja Fritz! The only good book is a burning book!”
Hildegaard: “Look around you Fritz, all the good German’s are burning their books!”
DEFENSE: The vast majority of people are insecure, stupid little pathetic sheep. (Word151 readers excepted of course) So, most of the time, doing what “everybody” happens to be thinking or doing is NOT a valid argument. Unless Godzilla is attacking the city, then run in panic with the crowd!
WARNING: This fallacy tends to be ineffective after one’s impressionable teenage years. The real danger of an Appeal to the Bandwagon is after it has already been accepted by the public as true. At this point it no longer needs to even come up in the discussion. Directly addressing this kind of “pre-accepted Fallacy” can be tricky to do since it requires a total departure from the narrative.