Saturday soapbox

Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

Hierarchy of disagreement:

Refuting the central point: explicitly refutes the central point.

Refutation: finds the mistake and explain why it’s mistaken using quotes.

Counterargument: contradicts and then backs it up with reasoning and/or supporting evidence.

Contradiction: states the opposing case with little or no supporting evidence.

Responding to tone: criticises the tone of the writing without addressing the substance of the argument.

Ad hominem: attacks the characteristics or authority of the writer without addressing the substance of the argument.

Name calling: sounds something like, “Your are an ass hat”.

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