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I found this while surfing the net today and thought it was worth sharing. In ten easy to understand rules we can see how to debate a concept/side of an argument. This might actually save the internet :D.



The Ten Commandments of Rational Debate

1. Thou shall not attack a person's character but the argument itself. ("Ad hominem")

2. Thou shall not misrepresent or exaggerate a person's argument in order to make it easier to attack. ("Straw Man Fallacy)

3. Thou shall not use small numbers to represent the whole. ("Hasty Generalization")

4. Thou shall not argue thy position by assuming one of its premises is true. ("Begging the Question")

5. Thou shall not claim that because something occurred before, it must be the cause. ("Post Hoc/False Claim")

6. Thou shall not reduce the argument down to two possibilities. ("Fake Dichotomy")

7. Thou shall not argue that because of our ignorance that the claim must be true or false. ("Ad Ignorantiam")

8. Thou shall not lay the burden of proof onto him who is questioning the claim. ("Burden of Proof Reversal")

9. Thou shall not assume "this" follows "that" when "it" has no logical connection. ("Non Sequitor")

10. Thou shall not claim that because a premises is popular, therefore, it must be true. ("Bandwagon Fallacy")"
 

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11. Thou shall not expect rational debate on the internet.

Logical fallacies are a way of life for many internet forum inhabitants. This forum seems to have more who understand logic than many I sometimes read, but .....
 

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Yeah, remember that A.) the internet is a place where every fool has a voice, and B.) who is the bigger fool, the fool or the fool who argues with the first?
 

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12. Never answer a question that was presented as the answer to the question you asked.
 

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- Never interrogate yourself.

(Do I condone this or that? No. But would I say that that would be true? Yes. Can we then assume that this is the answer? Of course we can)

Do I ever do that? No. Never.
 

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- Never agree with someone more than 100%.

- Never say "99 point 9 percent of the time..........."
 

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Ya'll are taking all the fun out of it.:eek::D
 

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The list can be applied to today's political dogma as practice if you pull out one word. As it stands, the list is the guidepost for Conservatism. Pull out the word "not" and the list is the guidepost for Liberalism.

Un-oh, that will likely get me in trouble.
 
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