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Resources for Arguments by cloudb

You've seen it before. Maybe it made you mad; maybe just disgusted: discussions destroyed, deliberately, with tactics designed for Winning.

Just one problem: is "winning" actually any success, when it kills discussion or relationships, or makes logic and respect irrelevant?

So here for your edification is a look at the backsides of arguments. When you see it, my respectful advice is to NOT respond in kind; just provide a link and identify tactics in use by number.

Thank you for reading.


"38 Ways to Win An Arguement" a condensed expression of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer's work on rhetoric in "The Art of Controversy", first translated & published in English in 1896.)
For those who distinguish between logic and rhetoric, or having a discussion rather than "winning", this little summary of strategies is for "winning".


How to Win Any Argument On the Internet by Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka, 2005 which includes the oh so sadly familiar strategy "AT SOME POINT IN TIME, CLAIM THE OTHER PERSON IS A NAZI." (all caps in the original)


A piece by Dave Barry in 1981 This, too, suggests calling your target I mean partner in discussion, a Nazi.


Derailing for Dummies While the focus of this one is identifying when people are using Privilege, the strategies of de-railing result in the same defeat of communication that other tactics of aggressive rhetoric do.


Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit with Michael Shermer's supplemental questions a 1page resource for common fallacies and evaluating "truth" claims. Mr. Sagan's words are extrapolated from his book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (1995).


How to Argue with a Liberal from 2009 We've gotten MUCH more nasty in partisanship since 2009; ... progress? Or the greatest threat to civilization since ... Nazis? (I had to do it; this IS an Internet post after all.)


May we all choose to be better than this.

And how do we do that, be better than this?

*Please read my Being Better Than This which continues this thread with a focus on the positive.

 

 

 


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