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Ad hominem attacks: the only way most here know how to "debate"

Anonymous
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Learn to recognize an Ad Hominen attack so you don't waste your time with these people.

Description of Ad Hominem

Translated from Latin to English, "Ad Hominem" means "against the man" or "against the person."

An Ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting). This type of "argument" has the following form:

Person A makes claim X.
Person B makes an attack on person A.
Therefore A's claim is false.
The reason why an Ad Hominem (of any kind) is a fallacy is that the character, circumstances, or actions of a person do not (in most cases) have a bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made (or the quality of the argument being made).

Example of Ad Hominem

Bill: "I believe that abortion is morally wrong."
Dave: "Of course you would say that, you're a priest."
Bill: "What about the arguments I gave to support my position?"
Dave: "Those don't count. Like I said, you're a priest, so you have to say that abortion is wrong. Further, you are just a lackey to the Pope, so I can't believe what you say."


http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/ad-hominem.html
Posted by Anonymous on Apr. 4, 2014 at 9:37 AM
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redneckmama4
by Loree on Apr. 4, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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This is too deep for a lot of ladies here lol. Dumb it down further ;)
Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM
You have a good point, however, the post does cite some examples that hopefully they are not too strenuous for their minds.

Quoting redneckmama4: This is too deep for a lot of ladies here lol. Dumb it down further ;)
qwertycool
by Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM
So true
redneckmama4
by Loree on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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Further was my operative word ;)

Quoting Anonymous: You have a good point, however, the post does cite some examples that hopefully they are not too strenuous for their minds.

Quoting redneckmama4: This is too deep for a lot of ladies here lol. Dumb it down further ;)
anonymouss
by ruby member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM
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Lol, the example sounds just like women on here!
Amybelle
by AmyAzing on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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Very accurate but your example should go more like this...

Bill: "I believe ...... 
ANON: "Of course you would say that, you're a Twat." 
Bill: "What about the arguments I gave to support my position?" 
ANON: "you're wrong. Further, everyone hates you"

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM
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I'm right there with you but this is going to sail right over a lot of hot heads on here, good luck.  Perhaps if you drew a stick diagram and swore a little...lol.

3JuJu3
by Platinum Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM
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They should have a basic primer for basic debate/logic principles to read before they can join.  Of course, the current members would be grandfathered in....

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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Perhaps I needed you to dumb down your reply. Lol.

Quoting redneckmama4: Further was my operative word ;)

Quoting Anonymous: You have a good point, however, the post does cite some examples that hopefully they are not too strenuous for their minds.

Quoting redneckmama4: This is too deep for a lot of ladies here lol. Dumb it down further ;)
Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:18 PM
Lmao! I have no problem with swearing, I'll think about that:)

Quoting Anonymous:

I'm right there with you but this is going to sail right over a lot of hot heads on here, good luck.  Perhaps if you drew a stick diagram and swore a little...lol.

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