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What type of fallacy is this? "My physics professor told me that I should become a vegetarian. I think I should because he is a really smart guy."



A. Tu quoquo
B. Red herring
C. Appeal to authority
D. Slippery slope
E. Non sequitur

This question is part of Final Practice Test - Critical Thinking
Asked by Rtyrrell, Last updated: Aug 08, 2019

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L. Sevigny

L. SevignyDoctor, Las Vegas
Doctor, Las Vegas

Answered on Aug 08, 2019

The correct answer to this question is C, Appeal to authority. Fallacies are arguments that are based on the logic that is unsound. An appeal to authority is one of those fallacies. One uses to appeal to authority when they claim that something is true based off when a person of authority says it.

A person of authority could be a government official, a parent, family member, or in this case, a teacher. The most common example of an appeal to authority we see is in commercials featuring celebrities. For instance, if a hair shampoo commercial features Beyonce, they will say the shampoo is the best to use on hair because Beyonce uses it.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Feb 27, 2017

Appeal to authority

Your physics professor may be a smart guy, but hes not a doctor or nutritionist. Being an expert in physics doesnt make him an expert in everything.
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