quietfan 233 Posted June 28, 2015 Share Posted June 28, 2015 Three questions: 1. How many here know the definition of "argumentum ad hominem"? If not: https://en.wikipedia....i/Ad_hominem or http://www.merriam-w...nary/ad hominem 2. What is the average number of occurrences of this per page in the "Politically Speaking" forum? (A somewhat rhetorical question because I don't expect anyone to actually wade through the morass of past posts.) 3. Why does anyone see any value in making such posts? It doesn't matter if your I.Q. is 35 or 235, if you have a point to make, others should only address the facts or logic of the words in that point, not your personal level of intelligence. You may be the spawn of Satan or the next incarnation of Christ, but your words carry only the weight of their own logic, and your character or past positions on other subjects are moot points. I don't care if you're Christian, Muslim or atheist; conservative, liberal or nihilist; Democrat, Republican or Independent...your view of another person's character or political history has NO bearing on the accuracy or rationality of that person's current words or argument. Whether a poster is stupid, brilliant, brainwashed, conservative, liberal, Christian, heathen, "Libtard", or "FOX-bot", and whatever circles they associate with, sewing or otherwise; please: Respond to their comments on the strength or weakness of their arguments, the accuracy and rationality of their claims. Attacking their person, their political affiliations, or their intelligence says nothing about the validity of their words and just makes you look petty or "debate-challenged" yourself. (And wastes a lot of my reading time as well!!) - - - - - - - - - - - - - That said: Sorry for the rant, I'm just feeling particularly moody this afternoon and such ad hominem attacks are leaving me more irritated or exasperated than usual. Excuse the 'sand in my vagina', but I really needed to vent. ....I know for many of you I'm preaching to the choir! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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