logical fallacies fallacy

Middle Ground

You claimed that a compromise, or middle point, between two extremes must be the truth.

Much of the time the truth does indeed lie between two extreme points, but this can bias our thinking: sometimes a thing is simply untrue and a compromise of it is also untrue. Half way between truth and a lie, is still a lie.

Example: Anna said that vaccinations caused autism in children, but her scientifically well-read friend John said that this claim had been debunked and proven false. Their friend Diane offered a compromise that vaccinations must cause some autism, just not all autism.