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Old 10-22-2009, 09:08 AM
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Default Re: The Great "HIV" Hoax

That is a prime example of a strawman. I have never asserted the "all" members of the conspiracy movement are kooks, any more that all skeptics are purely rational. However, many of the arguments that the conspiracy/alt medicine/flat earth crowd are tendentious, working backward from a pre-concieved conclusion. What is more, many of them are backed by untestable hypotheses, and when evidence to the contrary is posited they resort to special pleading to counter it. There are many threads on this site that avoid this kind of logical fallacy, and I have for the most part let them alone. For those that do, however, there will always be someone to point out the mistakes. Its called the marketplace of ideas, and dissent only leads to an improvement of the concept.
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