Argumentum ad lapidem (Appeal to the stone fallacy)

This is a fallacy that consists in dismissing a statement as absurd without giving proof of its absurdity.

Example:

Person 1: Smoking causes cancer
Person 2: That’s absurd!
Person 1: How so?
Person 2: It just obviously is

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3 thoughts on “Argumentum ad lapidem (Appeal to the stone fallacy)

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  2. asdasd

    But smoking doesn’t cause cancer and it should be obvious to everyone why it doesn’t. I think it’s absurd that you don’t understand why smoking doesn’t cause cancer.

    (In all honesty, this is easy to show as smoking only increases your risk factor for certain types of cancer and plenty of people don’t get any of those cancers while still smoking. So it isn’t a direct causal relationship

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