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Fallacies of Relevance These fallacies appeal for support to factors that have little or nothing to do with the argument being presented. Appeal to Authority If authorities are to have a place in an argument, they must have legitimate experience. However, often people appeal to authorities who are not qualified to give an expert opinion on a particular subject. e.g. “Hi. You’ve probably seen me out on the football field. After a hard day’s work crushing halfbacks and sacking quarterbacks, I like to settle down with a cold, smooth malt beer.” Appeal to Tradition This fallacy argues that a practice or way of thinking is “better” or “right” simply because it is older, traditional, or “has always been done that way.” e.g. I was always taught that a woman’s place was in the home, so pursuing a career is out of the question for me. Bandwagon This fallacy is the uncritical acceptance of something because “everyone believes it.” e.g. “Orange Is the New Black” used to be my favorite TV show. But all my friends say

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