4 April 2012
Appeal to tradition is a common flaw in many of societies ignorant human nature. Staying with ideas that are older or traditional is often easier than testing new ideas. Hence, people often prefer traditional things. Thus, appeal to tradition is a common fallacy and occurs when time-honored customs or traditions are not challenged. This appeal is fallacious because the age of something does not automatically make it correct or better than something newer. Everyday society faces problems due to appeal to tradition, such as creationism, and this ignorance can be seen through many works of literature. Appeal to tradition has occurred in society since the birth of mankind. The claims made by creationism and evolutionism is disputed with the use of appeal to tradition in the article “Creationists and Scientific Logic”, by Scott Anderson. Creationism is a great example of appeal to tradition, as people of many different beliefs for years have studied it, yet there is not a lot of evidence supporting this idea. One may ask a creationist why they follow that belief and it will often be responded with, “well that is how it has been for centuries”, as they make a claim based off of tradition. Evolution is a particularly new theory compared to
creationism as it has been expanding for one hundred and forty years. However, with all the conclusions drawn thus far (that support evolution) it would be impossible to throw out the theory. To replace evolution with creationism would dictate that we throw out all the data we have about the universe. Anderson states, “We’ve been through [this] before_ it was called the Dark Ages. I see no logical reason why should return them”(lines 32-33). Though most still follow creationism because it is traditional. Illogical arguments in literature often portray societies use in appeal to tradition like creationism. “The Lottery”, by Shirley Jackson, and The Hunger Games, by...
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Jackson, Shirley, and Reg Sandland. The lottery. Mankato, Minn.: Creative Education, 1983. Print.
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