----- Original Message -----
From: "John Clark" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> As I understand it an ad hominem is more than just name calling, it is an
> personal considerations rather than to logic or reason; thus calling a
> jackass is an ad hominem
"Ad hominem" is a logical fallicy which is disallowed under most rules of
debate. It says "because my opponent is <insulting characteristic> I won't
accept his statement". It's specifically disallowed in debates because it
is not a valid logical argument.
> thus I recommend striking "ad hominem" from list rules
I think the term "ad hominem" is quite appropriate for the extropians group.
It doesn't say "don't be rude"; it says "don't use this faulty line of
reasoning". Although the result may be the same, it is an appeal to logic,
rather than an appeal to society customs.
--- Louis Newstrom email@example.com
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