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  •  I agree in general, but number 4 (5+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, kurt, Norbrook, CherryTheTart, CMYK

    I'm not so sure about.

    Time and time again, I see people making very forceful statements about issues that they know very little about, where they haven't done the least amount of homework to back up their claims.  They provide no credible references, yet they announce their positions as though they are backed by the full scientific weight of an MIT lab.

    Global warming deniers come to mind here.

    If someone wants to go out in a public venue and make a very strong claim, it's up to THEM to provide the basis for that claim.  If they don't, and someone questions their grasp of the subject, the onus doesn't automatically fall to the questioner to do the research.

    •  Advocacy is different than simple debate (1+ / 0-)
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      CMYK

      I would agree with you, if truth or consensus is the primary goal.

      But simple motivation can work that way, and that's why I put the approach I did in the diary.

      IF THEY ARE GOING TO SCREW THE PEOPLE, MAKE THEM OWN IT.

      by potatohead on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 10:46:21 AM PST

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