Storm V Spooner wrote:No matter how many times we see Jim (name picked at random) choose to get mad when we say "the Dallas Cowboys are a terrible team" we have no evidence that he is unable to control this as opposed to simply not choosing to do so.
Storm V Spooner wrote:
Yes often the person does not consider the options, but choosing by default is still making a choice.
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
I have very little control over whom I respect, or feel attracted to, although I'm able to behave more-or-less appropriately on both counts. I have virtually no control over what experiences inspire fear in me, although I make an effort to work through any unreasonable fight-or-flight responses over time, ideally by repeatedly experiencing them in ways that don't reinforce a sense of danger. I don't decide that a joke is funny and then find myself laughing at it: the best I can do to control my sense of humor would be to stifle laughter, or fake it.
paul wheaton wrote:I wrote a quick article on fallacy about ten years ago.
It seems to me that at the root of most communities is consensus. And at the root getting consensus to work is being able to discuss stuff. And if one person uses one fallacy, it can take an hour for the group to unravel it. But communication today is loaded to the gills with fallacy - it is considered the normal way we speak. So decision can either be based on fallacy (as opposed to logic and reason) or discussions can be mired forever in fallacy presented by a few.
And yet, I've never heard of an exploration of fallacy to be used to help a community resolve their stuff.
Perhaps fallacy has been relabeled in some way?
paul wheaton wrote:Here, fallacy is relabeled as "doublespeak"
Scipio Johnson wrote:In this case, learning to recognize fallacies are one part of logical reasoning, which is itself the middle part of the grammar, logic, rhetoric method of critical thinking.
Is it then logical to resort to fallacy to change minds?
William Bronson wrote:
Ive had opponents who skillfully point out my own fallacies in argument with me,knowing my own values require I concede the point.
They don't actually hold these same values, so pointing out their own fallacies have no impact.
I am try to get at the idea that logic and reason are not going to affect everyone,or even most people.
Fallacy actually might work better. Is it then logical to resort to fallacy to change minds?
Is it reasonable?
Is it ethical?
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