Encyclopedia > Bandwagon fallacy

  Article Content

Bandwagon fallacy

The bandwagon fallacy, also called appeal to popularity, is an argument where something is 'proven' by stating that many or all people believe it. Because there is no reason to assume that the majority, however large, is right, this argument is a logical fallacy.

For example, one could claim that smoking is a reasonable pastime, since millions of people do it. However, knowing the dangers of smoking, we instead say that smoking is not a reasonable pastime despite the fact that millions do it.

While the argument may seem convincing when not examined, a simple refutation would lie in pointing out that at a time not too distant in United States history, it was common to hold other people as slaves, which few people today would consider ethical.

The bandwagon fallacy is a pillar of advertising, along with the Appeal to Authority fallacy.

See also: Bandwagon effect



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Kuru Kuru Kururin

... task difficult. The player controls the direction and speed of movement (it's a 3-speed stick). Gameplay is very challenging and rewarding, and once the player has gotten ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 24.1 ms