William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Sunday, 31, August, 2008

I Present to You

Filed under: Uncategorized — williamthecoroner @ 22:25

How to Disagree, one of a series of essays by Paul Graham.  Something that is important to review in an election season.  Plenty of people disagree every day.  The question is, is this disagreement coming from reason and knowledge, or is it an appeal to an external authority (depends on the authority if you’re gonna buy that one or not) or blanket contradiction with no evidence, or finally the ad hominem.

2 Comments »

  1. Paul Graham in general is high-level kung fu awesome. His “Why Nerds Are Unpopular” is an absolute classic, and everything else he’s ever written not specifically about arcane comp sci (unless that’s your thing) is worth it if you have the time and brain availability to sit and read it.

    Comment by LabRat — Monday, 1, September, 2008 @ 00:21 | Reply

  2. Yes that was particularly good. To dismiss comments as the “rantings of the lunatic fringe” is only a step up in discourse from “U R A RETARD!” and I pay about as much attention to it.

    Comment by williamthecoroner — Tuesday, 2, September, 2008 @ 14:41 | Reply


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