If there world were 100 people

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If there world were 100 people

Post by GoodCoffee » Fri Mar 18, 2016 1:30 pm

Hi there,

I need some help in identifying a fallacy.

There's an equality campaign that ask the question "if there world were 100 people, would we all fight harder for equality?"

Obviously the answer of the question is irrelevant because we know the global population is approx. 7.4 billion. Is this a non-sequitur of some kind or another fallacy.

I'm sorry if this silly question.

Thanks for your help.

Samuel

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Re: If there world were 100 people

Post by Poodle » Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:15 am

There aren't any silly questions, Samuel (well - not as many as people think).

"If there world were 100 people, would we all fight harder for equality" is neither a non-sequitur nor a fallacy. It's a hypothetical question. The first word - if - is the clue. It's asking you to imagine that the entire population was only 100 people and then to try to decide whether the fact that the population was so small would affect the general attitude towards equality.

You're right - the answer is actually irrelevant. But the thinking you'll have to put in and the reasoning you'll have to explain to provide a good answer is what the questioner is looking for.