Fun fact: Ad hominem

Did you know…

…that pointing out errors in a discussion opponent’s reasoning is the same as making an ad hominem attack? It’s true! Witness this recent discussion on Conservapedia’s Talk:Scientific Theory page:

I guess your confusion, RSchlafly, lies in the fact that you conflate the profession of a biologist who specializes in the study of evolution (an “evolutionist”) with all scientists who accept the Theory of Evolution as the unifying theory of all the life sciences, and make observations, perform experiments and publish their findings on that basis. Scientist studying the mutations of a flu virus, scientists studying a troop of baboons, and scientists classifying new plants discovered in the Amazon may all rely on the Theory of Evolution to predict and explain much of what they observe, but they are not evolutionists as defined by the dictionary. You, however, use the term to include any scientist who accepts the Theory of Evolution as fact. That is ann error. NitramNos 10:35, 10 June 2007 (EDT)

Your ad hominem attacks are not relevant to the article. RSchlafly 10:41, 10 June 2007 (EDT)

I sure wish I knew how to debate as well as RSchlafly. Usually, I get bogged down in all sorts of things like counterarguments, pointing out logical fallacies, and finding ways to disprove the opponent’s arguments, but I can see that this other approach is clearly superior. Obviously, since I’m always right, to disagree with me is an ad hominem against me.

I’m glad to say that I think we have all learned something today.

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3 Responses to “Fun fact: Ad hominem”


  1. 1 Wikinterpreter June 10, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Have you seen his other (albeit related) opus regarding Geocentric theory? ’tis hilarious.

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Talk:Geocentric_theory

  2. 2 PalMD June 10, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    I love it. Apparently, Roger is missing the irony gene

  3. 3 Todd Larason June 10, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    John got the full supply, obviously.


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