RE: Ad hominem? I think not.

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Wed Nov 21 2001 - 08:30:50 MST

John Clark wrote,
> I wonder, do you think this is reasonable discourse too, would
> you criticizes me if I called even this bozo an idiot?


Do you know the definition of the words "Ad hominem"? Calling someone on
idiot is "Ad hominem". You are attacking the person, not their idea.
Calling someone's ideas idiotic is OK. These are standard rules of debate
and of this list. We all agreed to avoid ad hominem when we joined this
list. Please keep your promise and abide by the List Rules. Don't attack
anyone. Attack only poor ideas with reasoned, logical refutations.

Harvey Newstrom <>
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