Unspecified Evidence

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This argument goes something along the lines of or "There's lots of proof I can't be bothered to show you right now" or "There is so much proof that if it is not obvious to you then you must be willfully ignorant of it." It is an unsupported claim that there is evidence. May be an example of [[Circular reasoning]].
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An argument supported by the claim that evidence exists, but where such evidence is not presented.
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This argument is stated as "there is a lot of proof, but I can't be bothered to show you" or "there is so much proof that if it is not obvious to you then you must be willfully ignorant of it."
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In itself, withholding the evidence that would support a claim is not a fallacy. But expecting someone to accept that claim based on such unspecified evidence is an [[Argument from Authority]].

Revision as of 21:35, 14 August 2009

An argument supported by the claim that evidence exists, but where such evidence is not presented.

This argument is stated as "there is a lot of proof, but I can't be bothered to show you" or "there is so much proof that if it is not obvious to you then you must be willfully ignorant of it."

In itself, withholding the evidence that would support a claim is not a fallacy. But expecting someone to accept that claim based on such unspecified evidence is an Argument from Authority.

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