Think Again: How to Reason and Argue
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Ram Neta
Reasoning is important. This course will teach you how to do it well. You will learn how to understand and assess arguments by other people and how to construct good arguments of your own about whatever matters to you.
Week One: How to Spot an Argument (and separate it from surrounding verbiage)
The Urban Dictionary defines the Gish Gallop thusly:
Named for the debate tactic created by creationist shill Duane Gish, a Gish Gallop involves spewing so much bullshit in such a short span on that your opponent canít address let alone counter all of it. To make matters worse a Gish Gallop will often have one or more 'talking points' that has a tiny core of truth to it, making the person rebutting it spend even more time debunking it in order to explain that, yes, it's not totally
Here's wishing all our members a safe, prosperous and happy 2012.
(Sorry, new year wishes are not subject to debate )
A while ago a post was reported to the moderators for failing to provide any citations or outside references in support of the claims it made. A reading of the post revealed that the claims made were not presented as statements of fact but rather personal opinion.
A statement of fact is a claim presented as objective truth. No matter what you may think, this claim is true. Claims presented as statements of fact should be able to be supported by outside references. Asking for evidence
I'm sure you've all noticed that the number of spammers on Volconvo has increased exponentially in the last few weeks. If there's a reason for this I'm unaware of it.
What I do know is that we've also seen an increase in the number of spam reports from our members, and for that I'm extremely grateful. I used to try to thank every member personally when they reported a spammer, but recently that has become impractical due to the number of reports.
So consider this a