Dig into the burden of proof fallacy, which assumes that something is true unless proven false and relies on arguments from ignorance.
It’s 1950. Anti-communist sentiment in the United States is at an all-time high. Senator Joseph McCarthy claims he has a list of communists who are influencing government policy. He makes his first accusation without providing any legitimate evidence, yet the senate committee still schedules a hearing. Can you spot the problem with this hearing? Elizabeth Cox explores the burden of proof fallacy.
Lesson by Elizabeth Cox, directed by Pazit Cahlon and Hector Herrera.
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