Pfull of Pfallacies?

Many questions may be presented that require extensive parsing by the reader, to distinguish issues of fact from fallacies. I present for your analysis, the following question from Quora, which I c/would not answer because of the very issue.

" If climate change is a hoax, why are so many young people taking it seriously and actively doing something about it? "

I see many issues of fact and fallacy here and hope the contributors to will enjoy a few moments of light-hearted analysis.

asked on Monday, Sep 16, 2019 04:52:47 PM by DrBill

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"If climate change is a hoax, why are so many young people taking it seriously and actively doing something about it?"

Whether young people are taking it seriously or not has nothing to do with the verity of climate change.

Thus, it is an Argumentum ad populum.
answered on Monday, Sep 16, 2019 05:56:38 PM by mchasewalker


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To add to Michael's analysis, taking something seriously does not disqualify something from being a hoax. In fact, the better the hoax, the more people take it seriously. So the implied conclusion (that it is not a hoax) is not supported by the premise (that a lot of people take it seriously--assuming that popular opinion did actually affect facts), thus it is a non-sequitur .
answered on Monday, Sep 16, 2019 06:34:39 PM by Bo Bennett, PhD


I agree with Dr. Bo & Mr. Walker. Also: the best way to deal w/ controversies is to bring up the evidence and facts pro and con. We often fail to do that in public debates.
answered on Monday, Sep 16, 2019 11:09:20 PM by Bill