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Agumentum Ad Lapidem

Also Called

  • Appeal to the Stone
The Act of dismissing a statement as absurd without providing any proof that is absurd.

Like Appeal to Ridicule only it doesn't even try to make an argument.

Examples:

  • In Thank You for Smoking, Nick Naylor says that the anti-tobacco council wants kids to die because it's good for their chequebooks, which is countered by "that's ridiculous". Later, he says that it's hypocritical for senator Finnistre to say he supports American farmers while calling for the end of tobacco farming, which Finnistre counters with "I...just...psh...no."
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