Word Nerd Wednesday: Ad Populum

This week’s installment, like another recent installment, is inspired by our children’s logic lessons, which are continuing via Zoom throughout this quarantine. An argument ad populum is probably self-explanatory, but I’ll provide the definition offered at The Skeptic’s Dictionary:

The ad populum fallacy is the appeal to the popularity of a claim as a reason for accepting it.

It’s also referred to as the bandwagon fallacy and the appeal to popularity.

By now we can probably all point out any number of things in history that were believed to be universally true only to be proven false. Mobs can be, and often are, wrong.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to offer in the comments any ad populum fallacies you can think of that have been disproven and debunked.

2 thoughts on “Word Nerd Wednesday: Ad Populum

  1. smkoseki says:

    I like this one. Hey, if you have the time you might include a sentence; how about: Ad populum evidence is often used.

    offer any ad populum fallacies that have been disproven and debunked.

    Ron Unz territory! How about: 911/Perl Harbor/Flight800/Kennedy/Patton hits were NOT an inside jobs? Don’t get me started…the web has exposed a million ad populum myths… My fave: https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-the-destruction-of-twa-flight-800/

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