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Re: “Dumb and Dumber

Willy, language has rules that are referred to as 'grammar' and formal logic has rules too, one of which is that 'if all of an argument's premises are true then it is impossible for its conclusion to be false.' So if you are arguing that the article's argument is false, incorrect, wrong or what have you, then you MUST identify one of its premises as being incorrect. If you can't do so, but persist in calling the argument wrong, then you are arguing in a manner that is invalid by the considerations of formal logic. So look, if you want to argue in a manner that is outside the boundaries of formal logic, then you might as well be trying to argue against gravitation or quantum law. And you can do so, but you miiight end of looking like a moron in the process.

Posted by Bryan on 06/09/2013 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Dumb and Dumber

Willy, Since the article attacks the curious positions of EW Jackson, a proper rebuttal would consist of arguing why at least one of the article's premises or inferences is incorrect. Yet, since EW Jackson is an indefensible nutjob, your rhetorical fall back strategy is that of an ad hominem attack in that you attempt to discredit the author by impeaching his credibility. That doesn't work because your rebuttal has nothing to do with the argument in question, this being that EW Jackson is an indefensible nutjob. You can't change the subject, attack the author, argue by counter factual etc. Well you can, but you would then be arguing in a dishonest and flawed manner. Do bone up on rhetoric though, its fun and useful!

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Posted by Bryan on 06/07/2013 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Dumb and Dumber

Willy, your response utterly misses the point because Style Weekly is a paper oriented toward local coverage. There is no national political focus or analysis within Style Weekly's pages. Thus, why on earth should they be talking about national "scandals" like the current issues with the IRS? Changing the subject to one that is contextually irrelevant is not a good argumentative strategy, buddy.

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Posted by Bryan on 06/05/2013 at 10:51 AM

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