Re: A Boring Movie

From: Patrick Wilken (
Date: Mon Jan 14 2002 - 16:00:11 MST

>Mike Lorrey wrote:
>I would not. Patrick is wrong, since Vermont, one of the most rural
>states in the union, is the only state with a law legalizing gay
>marriage, so not only is he (or his statement) regionally bigoted (which
>he has since apologized for), but an urban bigot as well, though I fully
>expect he is intelligent and polite enough to realize this and apologize
>for it.

Does every wrong opinion I have make me a bigot? It is an interesting
strategy to use in argument. My original statement was that "in
general I would expect the greatest tolerance to come from those in
mixed urban environments, but perhaps I am wrong." Pointing out a
single data point, when I was making a statement about possible
general trends is hardly a way to win an argument.

Would it be compelling to argue that in general gun owners are
redneck swine, just because I have met a couple who are?

best, patrick

Patrick Wilken  
Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology, Caltech
Editor:        PSYCHE: An International Journal of Research on Consciousness
Board Member:      The Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness           

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