Appeal to age
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Logic and rhetoric
An appeal to age is a fallacy in which someone's age is cited as evidence for their position being true/false. It is a subset of the genetic fallacy, and if someone's age is used against their position, it is an argumentum ad hominem (which is also a subset of a genetic fallacy).
Usually it is used to support the arguments of people who are older, and discredit arguments of younger people.
- P1: X holds position Y.
- P2: X is old/young.
P3: If someone is old/young, their position is false.
C: Y is false.
Although someone who is older is generally wiser and more knowledgeable, old/young people can be wrong/right. Someone who is old can still believe in bullshit, and someone who is young can still make a sound argument.
- "I've studied theology for many years, and have concluded that there is a God."
- "You're only 13, so you can't say that creationism is false."
- "You're just a kid."