Slippery Slopes

September 19, 2009

Lots of good examples in a series of posts on James Fallows’ blog.

Disagreement Hierarchy

April 13, 2008

From Paul Graham: How To Disagree

“If we’re all going to be disagreeing more, we should be careful to
do it well. What does it mean to disagree well? Most readers can
tell the difference between mere name-calling and a carefully
reasoned refutation, but I think it would help to put names on the
intermediate stages. So here’s an attempt at a disagreement

DH0. Name-calling.
DH1. Ad Hominem.
DH2. Responding to Tone.
DH3. Contradiction.

DH4. Counterargument.

DH5. Refutation.

DH6. Refuting the Central Point.

Paying People to Argue With You

November 8, 2007

via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

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