Red herring

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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.

Examples of Red herrings

If, in a debate on the existence of god, a theist states:

"God must be real, because if god were not real, I would have no reason to go on living."

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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