Appeal to novelty

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Appeal to novelty is the fallacy of believing that something is good or true because it is new.


  • "A new version of the server software just came out. We should upgrade to it, because it's the latest version."
  • "Homosexuals have been repressed for centuries, as have atheists. But in recent decades, gays have started publicly announcing themselves as such. We atheists should do the same."


While many new ideas are good (after all, every good idea was once a new idea), novelty on its own is no guarantee of quality. Many new ideas are bad as well.

Lack of testing[edit]

A new idea or product may have flaws that have not become apparent because there hasn't been time to find them, or because not enough time has passed for the flaws to manifest themselves. For instance, a new drug may have side effects that only become apparent after decades of use. New versions of software packages often have flaws that the testers did not foresee, and which become apparent only after the software has been tried in many different environments.

Some older ideas are still reliable[edit]

Also, some older ideas used in the past are still useful in the modern world. For example, algebra originated in the Middle East in the 9th century and came from earlier forms of mathematics, [1] yet it is still used in many scientific and mathematical equations today. Paper, as well, would be an example of this. It originated in ancient China, but it is used worldwide.

See also[edit]

v · d Logical fallacies
v · d Formal fallacies
Propositional logic   Affirming a disjunct · Affirming the consequent · Argument from fallacy · False dilemma · Denying the antecedent
Quantificational logic   Existential fallacy · Illicit conversion · Proof by example · Quantifier shift
Syllogistic   Affirmative conclusion from a negative premise · Exclusive premises · Necessity · Four-term fallacy · Illicit major · Illicit minor · Undistributed middle

v · d Faulty generalisations
General   Begging the question · Gambler's fallacy · Slippery slope · Equivocation · argumentum verbosium
Distribution fallacies   Fallacy of composition · Fallacy of division
Data mining   Cherry picking · Accident fallacy · Spotlight fallacy · Hasty generalization · Special pleading
Causation fallacies   Post hoc ergo propter hoc · Retrospective determinism · Suppressed correlative · Wrong direction
Ontological fallacies   Fallacy of reification · Pathetic fallacy · Loki's Wager
v · d False relevance
Appeals   Appeal to authority · Appeal to consequences · Appeal to emotion · Appeal to motive · Appeal to novelty · Appeal to tradition · Appeal to pity · Appeal to popularity · Appeal to poverty · Appeal to spite · Appeal to wealth · Sentimental fallacy · Argumentum ad baculum
Ad hominem   Ad hominem abusive · Reductio ad Hitlerum · Judgmental language · Straw man · Tu quoque · Poisoning the well
Genetic Fallacies   Genetic fallacy · Association fallacy · Appeal to tradition · Texas sharpshooter fallacy