|Overview: Proving Too Much|
A proof that is too wide so as to suggest absurd things.
What is Proving Too Much?
John Spacey, updated on January 14, 2023
Proving too much is an argument that appears valid until it is shown that it suggests absurd possibilities. It is associated with overly broad arguments. For example:---Gas burning cars are wrong because they pollute the environment. Implies that humans are wrong because they also release pollutants such as carbon dioxide.---Natural foods are healthy because they are as nature intendedImplies that eating dirt is healthy because it's as nature intended--- Advertising in cartoons is wrong because it attempts to influence childrenImplies that parenting is wrong because parents influence their children---As with any fallacy, proving too much, doesn't imply that your conclusions are wrong. Just that your argument isn't completely logical.
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