Argument from personal incredulity



We are incredulous when something contradicts our normal experience and beliefs. We feel skeptical and might say something like 'that can't be right.' Our brains have evolved to make quick decisions. You can't afford to spend minutes accessing whether you are in danger or not. Survival demands an instant decision and action.That immediate feeling of skepticism pushes us to reject the premise. The fallacy occurs when we base our conclusion on that immediate incredulity - I can't believe it, therefore, it is wrong.


 
Name of fallacy Argument from personal incredulity
Aliases  
Type Denial Argument, Informal Argument
Description I do not understand the theory therefore it cannot be true.
Example Personal argument that states "I don't understand it therefore it cannot be true"
Form
Treatment This is an arbitrary way of rejecting any argument and evidence. Dealt with by showing how effective some theories that are not widely understood are. You may not understand the mathematics and engineering involved in getting a man to the moon. However, the theories were used to get mankind to the moon and back and it would be unreasonable to reject them simply because you don't understand them inspite of the evident successful application of them.
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