This is a bit of a departure from the regular theme of this blog as it doesn't exactly address an argument per se, though it often comes up argument adjacent. I'll make it short and sweet:
Attempting to convince the world that you're an idiot and succeeding is a victory neither hard won nor worth merit.
Analogies can be a good thing. They can be incredibly useful in education; when trying to explain an unfamilliar concept by relating it to something familliar. This is a completely neutral action and I urge you to use them in this manner whenever you wish. You have my blessing.
Analogies used in an argument are nearly always utter crap. But even when a great analogy is used, it more than likely shouldn't have been. There are many issues, but they all stem from one thing: analogies are n
This isn't exactly addressing a bad argument per se, but I reserve the right to depart from this blog's theme whenever I damn well please. Also it follows along the general theme of elevating the level of discourse.
I'd just like to speak a bit on a piece of my personal philosophy. It's very simple, and I'm sure you've heard it before, but its implications are wide and honestly it can be more difficult to follow than you'd first imagine.
Err on the side of caution.
This is a very useful thing
I'm a busy man, so this will be a short one. Comment if you require elaboration.
An argumentum ad hominem, to borrow from wikipedia, "is an attempt to negate the truth of a claim by pointing out a negative characteristic or belief of the person supporting it."
The specific data point people need to take from this is that an insult is not by default an ad hominem.
Also something I want to try to mention every time I bring up fallacies: if an argument contains a fallacy, it is not by default wr
Here are some argument techniques that, if you use them, you are literally killing what chance there is left for interesting debate in this game. It's something that I see done by both sides, and some of them done by one side more than the other (and vice-versa)
Unsubstantiated Claims - If you have an opinion, provide some reasoning. If you have a prediction about the future actions of a third party, provide some reasoning.
Mind Reading - If you want to directly refute a claim that someone ma
Yes, I know that this war has been going on for quite some time and people can be forgetful. But I assure all of the alliances currently at war with GOONS that the war is still going!
Now war is something that constantly happens to GOONS, so at times it can be difficult to differentiate actual warring from "noise" inherent in the system. To measure this we use The RUKUNU Factor. RUKUNU is a low-level rogue that has had three offensive wars on GOONS at every opportunity for more than an entire y
Yes I think you all know what I'm talking about here.
I see this word being slung around a lot whenever people do... anything. It seems like people feel this is some sort of "magic bullet" for arguments or slandering an action. The crucial point is that being a hypocrite doesn't make you wrong by default. When we communicate in such a persistent medium, it seems far too tempting to scrounge for inconsistencies instead of developing a compelling argument.