APPEAL TO AUTHORITY - Deepstash
APPEAL TO AUTHORITY

APPEAL TO AUTHORITY

Saying that something is true simply because an expert or well-known person has said so. Be absolutely wary of arguments from authority, as they can be misleading, especially if they are not backed up by evidence or other arguments.

EXAMPLE

During the containment period, many people said they were right about the pandemic or the vaccine, or wrong because a particular Nobel Prize winner agreed with them.

The problem with this technique is that people evolve and change. And just because so-and-so won a Nobel Prize 40 years ago doesn't mean that everything he says is still true 40 years later.

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6 manipulation techniques you need to know to protect yourself against them. To thwart the attempts at manipulation that we are confronted with on a daily basis (on the Internet, during a debate, within our circle of friends...) and to be aware that they exist.

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