Feb. 9th, 2007

sarahmichigan: (Default)
When pro-lifers/anti-abortionists put up big photos of mangled fetuses, they're appealing to your emotions/pity, rather than arguing about abortion law based on the facts.

http://www.logicalfallacies.info/appealtopity.html

This is a fallacy I think it's really easy to commit. I've been guilty of this a bit myself when appealing to your feelings of pity for small children when I advocate mandating childhood vaccines. Including a bit of emotional appeal is a long-standing tactic in debates, political speeches, and in persuaive speaking generally. It can be an effective technique, but that doesn't mean you're making a logical argument.

Apparently

Feb. 9th, 2007 09:49 am
sarahmichigan: (Default)
This is my week to learn to be humble and to learn the necessity of apologizing when I've been an ass.

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