Originally posted by ZenaV
What's "ad-hominim" mean? It's prolly a stupid question but my dumb yahoo dictionary doesn't know either.
An Ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting). This type of "argument" has the following form:
Person A makes claim X.
Person B makes an attack on person A.
Therefore A's claim is false.
The reason why an Ad Hominem (of any kind) is a fallacy is that the character, circumstances, or actions of a person do not (in most cases) have a bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made (or the quality of the argument being made).
Originally posted by SANTA CLAWS
It's about time
I get so tired of the bickering, name calling and personal attacks I have been here less often.
I have made simple comments and have been attacked and almost given a death wish.
I might stick around if all comply there are a lot of good reasons to.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I saw this quote today and thought I'd add it to this thread, as part of civility and decorum is being able to handle insults when they come along.
"The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can't ignore it, top it; if you can't top it, laugh at it; if you can't laugh at it, it's probably deserved." -J. Russel Lynes (author and editor)