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How to Miss the Point: A Guide to Dimwitted Discourse

By Agholdier @agholdier

How to Miss the Point: A Guide to Dimwitted Discourseagholdier:

My good (and brilliant) friend Sarah Geis gives seventeen excellent methods here to ensure that you may come off looking as foolish as possible from any given conversation. It will be quite some time before the wisdom of this essay decays.

How to Miss the Point: A Guide to Dimwitted DiscourseOriginally posted on Justified Faith:

People have valued reasoned, fair disagreements and good listening skills for far too long. It is high time we dispense with those boring and outdated formalities! After all, why respect the laws of logic when you can enjoy the adventure of following your own passions? When you get the point, you can only either agree or disagree. How boring! On the other hand, when you miss the point, you open up a fallacy-filled wonderland where conversation and emotions are set free to frolic! If you wish to dispense with the authoritarian laws of logic (which care nothing about you!) and transcend the boundaries of social courtesy, then here are some suggestions for you to try on your entirely subjective journey. These primarily apply to written arguments, but can also apply to listening to a spoken argument.

1. Foster the conviction that all with whom you disagree are personally attacking you.

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