Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles What is Ignoratio elenchi (irrelevant conclusion, missing the point)? Ignoratio elenchi, also known as irrelevant conclusion or missing the point, is a logical fallacy where an argument that is supposed to address a particular question or issue, instead, presents an argument for or against a different question. This diversion tactic leads to a conclusion that doesn't follow from the premises or arguments provided and is not relevant to the issue at hand. Everyday Example: A town hall meeting is discussing the introduction of a new public health measure. When someone raises a concern about the measure's cost-effectiveness, the response from a panelist is a detailed explanation of the importance of health itself, rather than addressing the specific issue of the measure's economic impact. The response, emphasizing the value of health, is not relevant to the initial concern about cost.