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ARGUMENTUM AD VERECUNDIAM

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Axl Rosel Jaro

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ARGUMENTUM AD VERECUNDIAM
While sometimes it may be appropriate to cite an authority to support a point, often it is not. In particular, an appeal to authority is inappropriate if:
EXAMPLES
Prepared by:
Axl Rosel Z. Jaro &
Definition
An Argumentum Ad Verecundiam is an argument based on an authority.
(I) the person is not qualified to have an expert opinion on the subject
(II) experts in the field disagree on this issue.

APPEAL TO AUTHORITY
Brent Jester G. Landicho
(http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?AdVerecundiam)
(Here, authorities mean people presumed to be experts, as opposed to people holding power over others)
(http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/aa.htm)
(III) the authority was making a joke, drunk, or otherwise not being serious
(Showing dance skills for 12 hours does not imply expertise in dentistry)
Both Ben Fernandez and Rachelle Brook are professional dancers
Therefore, closeup is effective in making people's breath fresh for 12 hours.
Therefore HEB sauce is a deliciously addicting sauce.
With the PDAF issues going on,Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago argues that pork barrel should be abolished to solve the issue.
(Although Sen.Miriam is an expert, not all senators agrees on this point.)
Non-Fallacious
AD VERECUNDIAM
AD VERECUNDIAM
And Ad Populum
Therefore, abolishing pork barrel will solve the issues regards with PDAF.
(Beltog Kukurikapoo is an expert with bullsh*t)
(reference: xKapownd's youtube video; "Fallacy Friday")
Beltog Kukurikapoo said that Kris Aquino is full of sh*t.
Therefore, Beltog's statement is true.
References:

Even so, occasionally a movie star, for example, might also be an appropriate authority in another subject.
Note also that an ad verecundiam inductive argument (i.e., an argument whose conclusion is claimed to follow not with certainty but with probability) is not necessarily a fallacy even if the relevant or appropriate authority in the field is mistaken.
"Snob Appeal"
The basis of the ad populum appeal is the assumption that large numbers of persons
http://philosophy.lander.edu/logic/authority.html
http://philosophy.lander.edu/logic/popular.html
http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?AdVerecundiam
http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/aa.htm
xKapownd's youtube video; "Fallacy Friday"
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