!!'''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_lapidem Agumentum Ad Lapidem]]'''
!!! Also Called
* Appeal to the Stone

:: The Act of dismissing a statement as absurd without providing any proof that is absurd.

Similar to BeggingTheQuestion.

Like AppealToRidicule only it doesn't even try to make an argument.

!!Examples:

[[AC:Film]]

* In ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'', 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''.

[[AC:RealLife]]

* The origin of the fallacy is Creator/{{Samuel Johnson}}'s response to Bishop Berkeley's argument that material objects do not exist, only minds and the ideas within them. He said "I refute it thus" and kicked a stone, which, naturally, failed to show that this was a material object rather than just an idea within a mind.
** A similar story is told about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeno%27s_paradoxes Zeno's paradoxes]]. Namely, that the Cynic Diogenes, upon having heard Zeno's arguments, said nothing, but merely stood up and walked.
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