06-12-12, 10:24 PM #81
Stop trying to redefine ad hom to suit yourself. You called people who disagreed with you and your friend BWE "fringy." That's an insulting characterization,This level of dishonesty and ad hom has no place here.
An ad hom is a particular attack on the opponent's value specifically to devalue the merit of their argument by making it based on their personal value. That's not the same thing is simply complaining or even insulting someone.
"Don't listen to him; he's an idiot." That is an ad hom.
You and I both know that this forum is full of people with crazy ideas. Saying the forum is full of crazies is not an ad hom.
The reason I personally object to ad hom is because even the least capable of members should be able to voice their argument and have it dealt with on its own merits. While I may not like an, an opponent, and may even think they're kind of loony, I try hard not to let that affect my argument in giving it the respect it deserves. So their argument is judged on its merit, regardless of what I think of them.
Banning ad homs is a way to allow people who dislike each other to still exchange intelligent discussion. It is unrealistic to expect that members of the forum will actually get to like each other, but this would go a long way.
I'lll use you as a counter example. You are fond of responding directly to opponents by calling them idiots and trolls as an integral part of your refutation. Those are ad homs. Calling them an idiot while refuting their arguments is a direct and immediate attempt to make the merit of their argument based on their personal merit. This weakens you - each time you resort to an ad hom, it sends a message that you have no stronger argument in your arsenal.
Now, use it right or don't use it at all.
Last edited by DaveC426913; 06-12-12 at 10:39 PM.
06-13-12, 02:37 AM #82
The lack of self-awareness required to write something like that is staggering.
You start by defining ad hominem as the devaluation of a person for the purpose of devaluing the merits of their argument, and then in the next breath devalue people for the purpose of devaluing the merits of their argument.
You cannot say that "Don't listen to him, he's an idiot," is ad hom but "Don't listen to him, he's crazy" is not.
Now back under the stairs with you.
06-13-12, 07:37 AM #83
You're both crazy, the world is crazy, everyone is crazy, and I dare you to provide irrefutable evidence to the contrary :P
06-13-12, 11:15 AM #84
A statement such as 'the forum is full of people with crazy ideas' is not an ad hom, as I have pointed out, because
1] it is a general statement about the forum, not about any particular opponent that I might be engaging, and
2] it is not attempting to devalue a debate in-progress with that opponent.
An ad hom is an debating tactic, and it's not fair. People - even people with crazy ideas - deserve to have their argument addressed on its merits.
Abhoring ad homs does not mean I have to like everyone I debate with. I debate with you, but I still attempt to give your arguments the attention they deserve - based on how well-formed they are. And I attempt not to try to devalue your argument by trying to devalue you.
Last edited by DaveC426913; 06-13-12 at 11:45 AM.
06-13-12, 11:29 AM #85
06-13-12, 12:51 PM #86
06-13-12, 02:46 PM #87
If you spent half as much time contributing to the site as you did complaining about it, maybe people would be less likely to collectively roll their eyes when you post in a thread, and maybe you'd find yourself with better defenders than the likes of Chipz and Seagypy.
06-13-12, 03:34 PM #88
Please show me where I even hinted that someone shouldn't listen to someone. (I have no idea who these someones are supposed to be.)
Here is the thread for all to read:
Are there people here who can argue a point or is threats and attempts at character assassination pretty much the gold league here?
None of the above is news.
I have no idea who was being reasonable and who was not (it was 30 posts since my last contribution). What I did do was address his specific comment about the state of SciForums and how ad homs are par for the course - a thought that resonates with me. It was a general complaint about virtually all threads, and I took the opportunity to highlight it.
Better yet, maybe we should have a show of hands for whom of the two of us these collective people roll their eyes at. I'd honour those results. Would you?
The tactics you use - putting words in my mouth ("essentially saying"), hyperbole ("staggering lack of self-awareness"), defenseless assertions (my ratio of complaining), more defenseless assertions (apparently you speak for a "collective" of people), these are all cheap tricks that substitute for well-formed arguments.
And through all that, I'm still treating your arguments with respect.
I'm facing off with you in a debate with both hands closed and one eye tied behind my back - no insults or debasements of you as a person. That alone is costing you your credibility here. And it's making my point nicely.
Last edited by DaveC426913; 06-13-12 at 04:07 PM.
06-13-12, 05:08 PM #89
you appear to be lying thru your teeth about dave in your narrative
/shocked beyond belief
06-13-12, 06:49 PM #90
It seems to me...
That you would argue with a fence post.
My total opinion here..
06-13-12, 07:40 PM #91
a fence post has a corporeal existence
jdawg dont play that
he prefers to argue points that only exists and is pulled out of, an alternate dimension's..................ass.
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