the septenary (diapholom) wrote,
the septenary


Tricks of the Tirade

actually devoid, alarmists compensate with a seemingly bottomless armory of fallacious arguments.  Behold but a few more of their sleights-of-thought.

  • Ad hominems are the falsely negative form of Genetic Fallacy, a logic flaw committed when an idea is evaluated on its source, rather than its merit. Conversely, similar mind trickery can be played to assert an idea which is falsely positive.  We see this irrationality in Gorebots who lecture that if their hero says the planet has a fever and it's our fault and only he knows how to save it - it does and it is and he is.
  • Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc (after this therefore because of this) is a similar tactic to Cum Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc, but here the implication is that if one event follows another, the first event therefore caused the second.
    • "Temperatures have been rising since the start of the industrial age.  Therefore companies like Exxon Mobil are melting the polar ice caps"
  • Affirming the consequent is an asininity which asserts the "then" of a conditional (consequent) first, and concludes with the "if" (antecedent).
    • "If GHG were making the Earth warmer then we'd have less snow.  Therefore, if we have less snow then GHG are making the Earth warmer."
  • Appeal to Consequences of a Belief is to suggest a belief to be true simply because if people didn't accept it there'd be negative consequences.
    • "We must treat Anthropogenic Global Warming as real because if people refuse to embrace it there'll be no hope for our children"
  • Argumentum ad ignorantiam (argument to ignorance) is a fallacy of assuming something is true simply because it has yet to be proven false.
    • "Global warming is certainly caused by greenhouse gases because nobody has demonstrated conclusively that it is not"
  • And the incessant "scientific consensus" claim is a combination of Appeal to Authority,  Appeal to Popularity and, of course, Appeal to Bravo Sierra.
Further favorites include appeals to fear, to novelty (newness of an idea is somehow evidence of its truth), and of course, to popularity (an idea must be true simply because it is widely held).  There's also The Relativist Fallacy, in which the arguer claims that while something might be true for others, he or she is exempt.

Dr. Moody is a NeoCon lol


feed your kids some paramagnetic paint & they'll be cool like bear! 

and what the fuck do desert arabs need a 1 kilometer building for?
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