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Argument of the Beard: Continuum Fallacy Edit

The argument of the beard is derived from the philosophical heap paradox. This fallacy aims to equate extremes by pointing out that there is no clear transition state between the two. It states  that if X and Y are on opposite ends of a continuum and a single increment between them is minuscule and will not lean clearly more towards one than the other, then several increments will make no difference as well; therefore, there is no true difference between X and Y. This fallacy posits that because there is no clear-cut distinction between two things, there is no true separation of either state. For instance, a color gradient with green and blue; the colors are clear on both extreme ends but there is not exact point in the middle where blue becomes green or vice versa, someone using the argument of the beard premise would then claim that blue and green are the same.

This fallacy can be used to justify behavior that is self-destructive For example, a smoker who claims that one cigarette won’t kill them, so neither will 10 or 20, employs the argument of the beard. This fallacious premise is used by Scott Dissick in keeping up with the Kardashians. He is obviously an alcoholic, but still insists that because he will not be drunk after one drink it is ok for him to have one alcoholic beverage, (he then repeats this rationale for seconds, thirds, and so on).