Last time, we talked about the post hoc fallacy and why saying that something comes after an event is not the same as saying the prior event was the cause of said event. Today, we’re going to be looking at something similar that is called “the appeal to consequences,” which means there is disbelief based on the consequences not being desirable.
We’ve all been told that denial is not a river in Egypt. Yet, there are times that we do not want to believe that something is true because if X is true, then that means Y is true. Y would be a disaster if true. Since we don't like disaster, we will say that X is not true.