Re: Ad hominem? I think not.

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Wed Nov 21 2001 - 05:30:19 MST

On Tue, Nov 20, 2001 at 05:39:06PM -0500, John Clark wrote:
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <> Wrote:
> > My personal opinion at this point, for whatever it's worth, is that John
> > Clark has lost the current argument between himself and Samantha, having
> > resorted to ad homonym arguments without provocation.
> Ok Eliezer, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. I want to see you say with a
> straight face that the idea this war was not caused by the destruction of the World Trade
> Center but because evil American oil companies want to build a pipeline in Afghanistan is not
> stupid,

Speaking for myself, I think you're setting up a straw man opponent.

The root causes of the complex are _far_ more complex than "evil American
oil companies" or the proximate cause (World Trade Center attack). And
it can't be fixed without addressing the fundamental problems.

(See for my
take on what those problems are.)

-- Charlie

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