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Weaponized Arguments

March 30, 2008

In debates across the internet or through newspaper articles some people build a reputation for “sticking to the facts”. Usually, an academic background and a Ph.D. helps in that direction, but one also needs to quote reliable numbers and statistics on a regular and relevant basis. Once such a dominant position is attained, that’s when it’s easier to weaponize one’s arguments by throwing in the occasional unchecked fact that strengthen the thesis. A few creative facts mixed together with a goo of reliable stats multiplies the effects of one’s thesis to the point of becoming devastatingly compelling.

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From → Debating, Statistics

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