“I cannot imagine how this could be true; therefore, it must be false.”


Ex. 1: “I cannot imagine how a person can become ‘successful’ overnight without pulling any strings. Therefore, such a person must have cheated.”

Ex. 2: “I cannot imagine how massive, “official” government-funded organizations could be untrustworthy. Any accusations against the integrity of these systems must be unfounded.”

Ex. 3: “I can’t imagine how a person could be smart, beautiful, and kind. Therefore, a person cannot possibly possess all three of these qualities.”


argument from incredulity (appeal to common sense) illustration


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