The cartoon depicted above demonstrates two dogs discussing the credibility of a dinosaur book through various scenes. It begins with one of the dogs finding it absurd for his friend to believe that a flying rock killed off the dinosaurs, simply because it is stated in the story. He then begins to rant to himself the irrationality of his friend through sarcasm and cynicism. During his outburst of craze, his friend is persuaded to think that he genuinely agrees with him but in reality it was a misunderstanding. This leads to, “ the believer “ pointing out an illustration from the book, where a flying rock is going to annihilate the dinosaur. Thus, helping explain that his claims are accurate because they are “proven facts”. This cartoon serves as an example for a fallacious argument known as begging the question, in which someone assumes that what the person claims to be proving are proven facts.
Fallacy: Begging the Question