Re: Ad hominem? I think not.

From: Joe Dees (
Date: Wed Nov 21 2001 - 15:55:39 MST

('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is) >Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 11:08:58 -0500
> "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <> Re: Ad hominem? I think not.Reply-To:
>John Clark wrote:
>> Hey Eliezer, Curious <> just wrote " Bin laden could drop
>> Biological-Bomb instead of ONLY crashing WTC. i think Bin Laden was VERY polite!"
>> I wonder, do you think this is reasonable discourse too, would you criticizes me if I
>> called even this bozo an idiot?
>It would be criticizable to a very small extent as ad hominem, but too
>small an extent for me to bother about it, due to the lack of spelling and
>punctuation and, in a word, effort.
It may not be considered polite by some to call someone what they are, but the truth, by definition, can never be an insult.
Also, might does not make right, but both right and wrong depend upon might to prevail.
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>Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
>Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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