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An intellectual Geneva convention: What we owe an opponent in an argument

Have you ever been involved in a "brisk exchange of ideas" and been tempted to use a dirty rhetorical trick? Ever had one used against you?

Arguing against a straw-man, name-calling, or flitting from topic to topic without acknowledging when your discussion partner makes a point can be effective persuasive tools, but is using them worth it?

What is the very least we owe to those we disagree with?

Let's talk about it. CIVILLY people. Geeesh.


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  • Fred

    Just realized i have a conflict and can't make this on Tuesday night. I'll miss it!

    July 9, 2013

  • Chris P.

    What about the bait-and-switch straw man... is that a thing? Where somebody keeps claiming your are mis-categorizing their argument but then they seem to keep switching their argument as a counter-measure to your comments and a way to keep calling your tactics straw man? Also, I prefer the UK terminology: Aunt Sally.

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • cole m.

    Chris, love your intro Koo-koo-ka-choo. Is the right?

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would definitely be there, unfortunately I'll be out of town. Y'all have fun!

    June 17, 2013

  • cole m.

    love this group. Its fun to get out of town. It's like crossing that Missouri river.

    June 17, 2013

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