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Veriphonification

Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this publicly, but I like One Direction’s hit, “What Makes You Beautiful”. It’s catchy and has a positive lay. It also has a niggling logical fallacy:

So c-come on, You got it wrong. To prove I'm right, I put it in a song.

Here’s how this argument plays out:

  1. I am a famous singer
  2. Famous singers sing truth (the arguments necessary to deduce #2 from #1 are left as an exercise for the reader.)
  3. I am singing about your beauty
  4. Therefore, you are beautiful. Q.E.D.

Appeal to authority? Check. Argumentum ad populum? Check (“everyone else in the room can see it”).

I also like Dr. K’s neologism, veriphonification.

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