Archive for the ‘logical fallacies’ Category

A Fifth Year of Steam

December 30, 2012

My fifth year of blogging has proved interesting in that it has supplied evidence that I’m getting under the skin of one of the dodgy characters I write about. I’m not talking about the personal abuse and snarky comments posted by homeopaths, scenar salesmen and UCKG mouthpieces but someone stealing my name to use in the url of his sales blogs. (more…)

Deflecting Criticism 3 – Whataboutery

January 8, 2012

Another very common means of deflecting criticism is ‘whataboutery’ where the supporter of the criticised viewpoint leaps up with a tangental or even totally unrelated problem you have not criticised. For example, you might criticise homeopaths for making dodgy claims and a homeopath comes back with “What about thalidomide?” with the intention of derailing the discussion to thalidomide and away from homeopathy. (more…)

Deflecting Criticism 2 – Ad Hom Attacks

January 3, 2012

A favoured tactic of people who are finding the evidence against them a little overwhelming and difficult to refute is to resort to an ad hom (from the Latin ad hominem – to the man) attack i.e. attack the critic not the arguments s/he is making. It has certainly been popular among some who post comments here (and indeed on other sceptic blogs). (more…)