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Name for fallacy?
« on: November 08, 2011, 01:38:03 PM »
We've all seen it... it goes like this:

A:  "I believe that phenomenon X has this cause.  What do you think the cause was?"
B:  "I don't know."
A:  "That means that my explanation is correct."

I'm sure this fallacy must have a formal name, but I can't find one anywhere.  Does anyone know what it's called?
[On how kangaroos could have gotten back to Australia after the flood]:  Don't kangaroos skip along the surface of the water? --Kenn

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Re: Name for fallacy?
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011, 01:43:33 PM »
Appeal to ignorance? The classical version assumes something to be true, only because it hasn't been yet proven to be true. I think this might be a variant of it.

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Re: Name for fallacy?
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011, 01:45:00 PM »
Argumentum e silentio.
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Re: Name for fallacy?
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2011, 01:55:57 PM »
Argumentum e silentio.

Ah, there we go... the examples on the Wikipedia page aren't quite the same, but yeah, that's the one.  Thanks!
[On how kangaroos could have gotten back to Australia after the flood]:  Don't kangaroos skip along the surface of the water? --Kenn

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Re: Name for fallacy?
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2011, 02:11:09 PM »
You're welcome!
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