Argument from Incredulity

Other Names

Divine Fallacy, Appeal to Common Sense


When you have no reason to believe something, the correct response is to withhold belief (the "I don't know" position). But even if you have no good reason to believe something, there is a natural human tendency to believe it if you have reasons against an opposing view.

If you find yourself justifying your view by saying "I can't believe...", "I can't imagine..." or "I can't understand how..." then you are probably falling into the trap of incredulieving.


Golden rice is just a way for biotech companies to enslave poor farmers. I can't believe that these huge corporations would do something just for the good of it with no profit motive.

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