The divine fallacy, also known as argument from incredulity or personal incredulity, is the logical fallacy that, because something is so incredible/amazing/ununderstandable/unimaginable it is wrong. It is a type of informal fallacy called a non sequitur. It often happens when people say something must be the result of superior, divine, alien or supernatural cause because it is unimaginable for it not to be so.
Arguments from incredulity can take the form:
- I cannot imagine how P could possibly be true; therefore P must be false.
- I cannot imagine how P could possibly be false; therefore P must be true.
- Carroll, Robert T. "divine fallacy (argument from incredulity)". The Skeptic's Dictionary. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
- Divine fallacy - European Society for General Semantics
- Sen, Madhucchanda (2011). An Introduction to Critical Thinking. Pearson Education India. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
- Personal incredulity — yourlogicalfallacyis.com
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