- The Act of dismissing a statement as absurd without providing any proof that is absurd.
Similar to Begging the Question
Like Appeal to Ridicule
only it doesn't even try to make an argument.
- In Thank You For Smoking, Nick Naylor says that the anti-tobacco council wants kids to die because it's good for their chequebooks, which is countered by "that's ridiculous". Later, he says that it's hypocritical for Senator Finnistre to say he supports American farmers while calling for the end of tobacco farming, which Finistirre counters with "I...just...psh...no." The point in both instances is that Naylor is excellent at winning arguments, rather than that he's right.