This week it’s all about the Ad Hominem’s, let’s jump right in:
An informal fallacy, but one that should raise substantial suspicion into the reason one would commit such a fallacy.
Example: 1) David claims X. 2) David is a poop-head. 3) Therefore, X is wrong.
Real World Example:
Person 1) My opponent suggests that lowering taxes will be a good idea — this is coming from a woman who eats a pint of Ben and Jerry’s each night!
Indicator: Look for insults, any defamation of character could be an Ad Hominem attack. The exception is when such defamation is relevant to the claim being made.
Next week: Moving the Goal Posts
Last week: Strawman Fallacy
All weeks: Or at least all so far