Anonymous authority

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The fallacy of anonymous authority (also unidentified expert, rumor) occurs when an argument from authority is made, but the quote is given without accompanying identification of its source.

For example, "Scientists have found out..." or "A famous evolutionist said..." or "Some people say..."

It is easy to invent quotes and spread them as a rumor, or distort the quote without risk of detection if nobody can look it up.

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