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Date: 03/22/14 09:30 AM

7 Responses to An Illustrated Guide To Bad Arguments [Pic+]

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    llaa Male 30-39
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    March 22, 2014 at 6:48 am
    Link: An Illustrated Guide To Bad Arguments - No True Sctosman? Strawman? Yes, you argue poorly.
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    March 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm
    I read the whole thing. I wish only that it could serve as a text for a high school course on discussion and debate, something that appears to be sorely lacking. The absurd arguments about issues that are regularly broadcast as thoughtful comment are a sorry indication of what passes for rational discussion in society.
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    Zismo Male 18-29
    1050 posts
    March 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm
    Page 26 Appeal to Ignorance
    "The burden of proof always lies with the person making a claim"
    Religious people don`t know this.

    Great post, great little book, I enjoyed it a lot, now I feel guilty for not buying it.
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    Thonious Male 40-49
    987 posts
    March 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    I rather liked this example of the appeal to hypocrisy(which is also, incidentally, an ad hominem attack): When someone tries to discount your claim by calling you an hypocrite, saying "that`s like the pot calling the kettle black," it doesn`t change the fact that the kettle is, in fact, black.
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    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
    2581 posts
    March 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm
    Zismo used a hasty generalization about religious people.
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    piratefish Male 40-49
    675 posts
    March 22, 2014 at 8:41 pm
    Awesome, I love this book!
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    March 23, 2014 at 1:07 am
    Agent: I presume that was a little debate jest, but the fact remains that in order to be religious you must completely forego the requirement of any proof whatsoever in establishing your belief. It`s not a matter of generalizing any more than "generalizing" that rain gets things wet.

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