Argumentum ad victus

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Argumentum ad victus ("argument from food") is not so much a logical fallacy as it is a growing trend of apologists to use food as part of their argument for the existence of god, or proof against evolution.

This line of thinking could possibly be related to 'victual pareidolia', in which images of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, or the name "Allah" are seen in food items such as tortillas, grilled cheese sandwiches, and sliced fruit or vegetables.

Argumentum ad victus arguments can come in different forms, such as:

- This food item could not have happened by accident. - Therefore, God exists.

- This food item does not prove, on it's own, that evolution is a fact. - Therefore, God exists.

- This food item has an image on it that somewhat resembles the general shape of Jesus/the Virgin Mary. - Therefore, God exists.

Examples

The best-known example of 'argumentum ad victus' is the infamous banana argument from apologist Ray Comfort: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Of90cKxSeuw

Another is the peanut butter argument, which attempts to use commercial grade peanut butter as proof that evolution cannot happen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwsdLOmOxFw

Another example is the pickle demonstration, which uses an electrified pickle to demonstrate the alleged change that Jesus Christ will make in a person's life: http://www.youtube.com/v/7JYIJPjpCFc&hl=en

Counterarguments

The best possible counterargument would be to eat the food, thus disarming the apologist. (Please keep any food allergies in mind when doing so. If the argument involves electricity, unplug the food before using this strategy.)

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