An ad hominem (â€œto the manâ€) attack is a fallacy of reasoning in which a proponent tries to support one side of an issue by criticizing his/her opponent for something having nothing to do with the issue at hand. It is sort of the opposite of an appeal to authority. The appeal to authority fallacy involves accepting a claim made by someone simply because he/she is deemed praiseworthy for reasons unrelated to the claim. An ad hominem attack involves rejecting a claim made by someone simply because he/she is deemed untrustworthy for reasons unrelated to the claim. Because these reasons are unrelated to the claim, the ad hominem attack has no bearing on the issue at hand, and is rightly considered a fallacy.
Example: â€œI am so disgusted with the NRA and all the other gun rights supporters. Theyâ€™re all just a bunch of
Is the truth revealed by traipsing up the footprint insteps left by so many great cherry-picking, quote mining, soul-sharks?Â Yeah, probably something like that.
All Scripture Is Given By Inspiration Of God.
(2 Timothy 3:16)
The Christian God is Weak
Attention JFT members (and the general public as well):
Some of us will be heading out to Pittsburg this Saturday to take in a show.Â The show will be Hairspray and will be put on by Pittsburg Community Theater and Midwest Regional Ballet.Â If you want to join us, all you have to do is show up for the 7:30 pm show and buy a ticket (or sneak in).Â We’ll probably go out for pizza afterwards if enough of us show up.
Here is the website for Pittsburg Memorial Hall:
Here is the Wikipedia entry for Hairspray:
Be there or be a square!
(Crossposted at Kajed Heat. This post is in reference to the ongoing Rebecca Watson Elevatorgate scandal.)
Some advice for all the single fellas out there:
If you text a girl you met briefly once (during a very awkward and embarrassing situation) and she says
We know that people believe some pretty crazy stuff, but honestly, how many people actually believe we have been visited by aliens, let alone that those aliens are living among us? Â Click on the thumbnail above to go to GOOD.is where they, along with Column Five Media have put together anÂ info-graphicÂ on that very subject. Â The results weÂ surprising to me.
According to The Washington Post,Â a court in Moscow has banned someÂ literature by the church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard.. Â You can click here to go to their site and read the article. Â As a point ofÂ interest EnglishRussia, back in May of this year, Â did a photo tour of the Moscow Church of Scientology. (click here to check it out but you may have to ignore some of the ads at the bottom as they may not be safe for work)
This week, the second week of July 2011, has certainly seen a divisive rift in the skeptic/freethought/atheist communities. From what I gather, the quarrel is between Rebecca Watson along with her supporters and Richard Dawkins along with his supporters. Interestingly, the dispute has nothing to do with religion or freethought, and could just as easily be fought in Christian circles, and probably has. For it transcends the boundaries between the religious and the secular, between the young and the old, between the rich and the poor, and plows right into questions regarding the differences between the sexes, sex roles, stereotypes, rights, freedoms, morals, and political correctness.
The Joplin Freethinkers picked up on this right at the start, and immediately split into the two sides – the Watson supporters and the Dawkins supporters. I decided to suspend judgment for a few days until Iâ€™d read more arguments on both sides and looked into the issue a little more. And I have to say
ï»¿Appeal to majority is a common fallacy of reasoning in which the proponent of a claim tries to justify it by pointing out that the claim is commonly believed or is popular. It is also known as the bandwagon fallacy. The faulty assumption is that if the majority of people favor something, then it must be true, or likely to be true, or rational to accept, or worth supporting, etc. However, none of this follows from the popularity of an opinion.
The appeal to majority is very common in
ï»¿Appeal to authority is a logical fallacy in which the proponent argues for a claim by pointing out that a particular person of prominent status endorses it. The reason this is a fallacy is that there is no guarantee, and often no real probability, that the person in question is right.
In its most extreme form, the appeal to