Monday, December 18, 2006

Doggerel #48: "Hateful"


Welcome back to "Doggerel," where I ramble on about words and phrases that are misused, abused, or just plain meaningless.

Attacks on skepticism are full of propagandistic stereotypes. Woos often claim, or at least imply that all skeptics are inherently miserable, bitter, rude, obsessive, arrogant, negative, closed-minded, oppressive, limited in their thinking, thin-skinned, and all sorts of nasty things. Some of the extra-nasty trolls will even use today's word: "Hateful"

First, as is common to the Doggerel entries, this one is a change of subject. If Hitler came in here and made a valid argument, his Hitlerness would have no impact on the validity of that argument. A valid argument is a valid argument, so even if we were hateful, that doesn't change anything.

Second, skeptics like me typically see ourselves as defenders. If a "psychic" is bilking people out of their hard-earned money with a few parlor tricks, are we just supposed to smile and nod? Of course not. We're supposed to criticize bad things. We're supposed to point out problems when they occur. Although I think the world is a nifty-keen place, I'm not going to pretend that it's perfect and let wishful thinking slip in for myself or others. We've got problems, so let's solve them. The first step in solving a problem is to recognize its existence.

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11 comments:

Rockstar Ryan said...

That's what the tards can't get - it doesn't matter if I call you a moron if my argument is valid.

On the same note, I have idiots constantly claiming ad hominem everytime I kick their argument's ass.

Weapon of Mass Instruction said...

I see you have changed the whole topic.

Weapon of Mass Instruction said...

Well let me practice my freedom of speech.


You are all a bunch of monkey idiots.

Bronze Dog said...

And I'll practice mine: You're an idiot who can't be bothered to catch a point.

Akusai said...

And I'll throw in some shameless promotion for some Classic Action, since its on topic.

I know you've read it BD, but I'm always eager for others to discover that one. It's still one of my favorites.

Rockstar Ryan said...

You are all a bunch of monkey idiots.

OOOOHHHHH, burn! Does every 13 year old know how to hit ENTER?

I want to play! Ummm....

weapon of mass instruction is...A FAG! HAHAHAHAHAHA! I soooo got you

Infophile said...

The sad thing is, he claims to be an adult. The scary thing is, he claims to have a daughter. There needs to be an intelligence test requirement for having children. (Well, that would get abused in reality. Still, I wish we could exercise some unnatural selection on people like that.)

Weapon of Mass Instruction said...

Ha! If you want fags go to Amanda's blog she is making lots of friends their.

Bronze Dog said...

Gay jokes. Real mature.

Ever consider that Amanda gets more friends because she doesn't perform the foul tricks you attempt to bungle past us?

Bronze Dog said...

Notice that Ryan pretty much held up a mirror to Weapon, and he apparently didn't recognize his reflection.

Rockstar Ryan said...

I didn't think that I could be anymore blatantly obvious. Wow...