February 21, 2022

Proving Too Much

Source: https://slatestarcodex.com/2013/04/13/proving-too-much/

The fallacy of Proving Too Much is when you challenge an argument because, in addition to proving its intended conclusion, it also proves obviously false conclusions. For example, if someone says You can’t be an atheist, because it’s impossible to disprove the existence of God”, you can answer That argument proves too much. If we accept it, we must also accept that you can’t disbelieve in Bigfoot, since it’s impossible to disprove his existence as well.”