Argumentum a Recensiones Amazon

Argumentum a Recensiones Amazon August 30, 2013

I have encountered what may be a relatively new fallacy, but is a logical fallacy nevertheless. A commenter attempted to argue that the Intelligent Design book Darwin’s Doubt is weighty because it has more 5-star reviews on Amazon.com than 1-star reviews. That is pretty surprising, to be sure, even given the inevitable turnout of the Uncommon Descent crowd. But it is still a fallacy nevertheless.

The quality of literature is vouchsafed by the number of stars a book has on Amazon.com; that accuracy of contents and rigor of scientific procedures used even less so.

 


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