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  •  I guess you don't know what an ad-hominem is (5+ / 0-)

    or else you wouldn't say

    I'm not opposed to ad-homs, merely those that are used in place of a real argument.

    But In response to your other point, your first two paragraphs are full of unsupported allegations. And you presume that any opposing point of view must necessarily not be based on evidence, which also presumes that you know everything there is to know on the subject.

    This sig is the former home of a witty Monty Python quote.

    by AaronInSanDiego on Mon Mar 30, 2009 at 12:45:23 AM PDT

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    •  Ad-hom means (0+ / 0-)

      "against the man." For instance, if an oil company exec were advocating increased drilling in ANWR, it would be an ad-hom, but I don't believe it would fallacious, to question his/her motives, provided such was part of an overall rebuttal with factual support.

      •  That's what the latin words mean but (5+ / 0-)

        According to Webster:

        Main Entry: 1ad ho·mi·nem  
        Pronunciation: (ˈ)ad-ˈhä-mə-ˌnem, -nəm\
        Function: adjective
        Etymology: New Latin, literally, to the person
        Date: 1598
        1 : appealing to feelings or prejudices rather than intellect
        2 : marked by or being an attack on an opponent's character rather than by an answer to the contentions made

        My own understanding of the term is that it means using an attack on the person holding a particualr position instead of arguing against the position itself. While it's true that you made several points supporting nuclear power over other energy sources, your insulting comments about your opponents were unnecessary, inflammatory, did not support your argument, and were not supported by any evidence.

        I'm not sure about your oil company example. I think one can legitimately question someone's motives in that case, but it's not a substitute for addressing the points they make.

        This sig is the former home of a witty Monty Python quote.

        by AaronInSanDiego on Mon Mar 30, 2009 at 01:02:53 AM PDT

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