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'''Red herring''' is an argument, given in reply, that does not address the original issue. Critically, a red herring is a deliberate attempt to change the subject or divert the argument.
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A '''red herring''' is an argument, given in reply, that does not address the original issue. Critically, a red herring is a deliberate attempt to change the subject or divert the argument.
  
== Examples of Red herrings ==
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This isn't so much a [[Logical fallacy|fallacy]] as it is an evasion tactic. The red herring is similar to a "wild goose chase." When someone leads the debate off on a red herring, they are trying to divert attention away from a particular argument, and toward some inconsequential statement that you may have made, or inventing some tangent to go off on. Creationists often use this when they attack the Big Bang Theory to try and prove evolution wrong. The Big Bang and evolution are completely separate theories, and are not mutually inclusive. The Creationist trying to debate the Big Bang is a red herring.
  
If, in a debate on the existence of god, a theist states:
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Example:
: "God must be real, because if god were not real, I would have no reason to go on living."
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::"Evolution is impossible because the Big Bang is merely speculation."
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::The Big Bang has nothing to do with evolution. Even if it were proven wrong tomorrow, it wouldn't change the fact that populations adapt to their environment.
  
Here, the theist makes a claim that provides no further evidence for the existence of a god, and in fact, makes a claim that leads to an entirely different topic of conversation.
 
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Latest revision as of 15:37, 3 January 2011

A red herring is an argument, given in reply, that does not address the original issue. Critically, a red herring is a deliberate attempt to change the subject or divert the argument.

This isn't so much a fallacy as it is an evasion tactic. The red herring is similar to a "wild goose chase." When someone leads the debate off on a red herring, they are trying to divert attention away from a particular argument, and toward some inconsequential statement that you may have made, or inventing some tangent to go off on. Creationists often use this when they attack the Big Bang Theory to try and prove evolution wrong. The Big Bang and evolution are completely separate theories, and are not mutually inclusive. The Creationist trying to debate the Big Bang is a red herring.

Example:

"Evolution is impossible because the Big Bang is merely speculation."

Counter:

The Big Bang has nothing to do with evolution. Even if it were proven wrong tomorrow, it wouldn't change the fact that populations adapt to their environment.
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