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I am getting the impression that abusive ad hominem attacks and abusive language is now considered an acceptable, if not desirable, activity here.

This forum was started so that conversation could be engaged in without that activity occurring on a regular basis. I suppose some of those who came here for that reason have had a change of heart.

Abusive ad hominem (also called personal abuse or personal attacks) usually involves insulting or belittling one's opponent in order to attack his claim or invalidate his argument, but can also involve pointing out factual but apparent character flaws or actions that are irrelevant to the opponent's argument. This tactic is logically fallacious because insults and negative facts about the opponent's personal character have nothing to do with the logical merits of the opponent's arguments or assertions.


People can disagree and argue points without engaging in that activity.


Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:35 am
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