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Updated: 2013-09-16T10:39:52.639+10:00

 



It is indeed ad hominem Leo, but as we state in ou...

2006-10-13T09:14:00.000+10:00

It is indeed ad hominem Leo, but as we state in our blog header, we sometimes engage in "breathtaking hypocrisy". Also like all fallacies, there are degrees, and there is a valid point here: the views of celebrities are treated with reverence by many, but the views of celebrities should carry no more intrinsic weight than anyone else. Some (like me) would assert that the views of celebrities should carry less weight than the average person as they are often motivated by a hunger for publicity... rather than sincerity.



"sorry to interrupt you there Sean, but you're tal...

2006-10-13T08:31:00.000+10:00

"sorry to interrupt you there Sean, but you're talking about politics now, and we're not interested; after all, you're only an actor".

But wouldn't this be an ad hominen?

Sorry to comment on such an old post, but I have found your blog just recently while learning about logical falacies.



Actually Mongo, I have to say that my newsagent's ...

2005-12-02T09:15:00.000+10:00

Actually Mongo, I have to say that my newsagent's opinion is exactly the same as the bloke next door's. It's the same person.



I have to agree, it's a mystery why people take so...

2005-12-02T09:13:00.000+10:00

I have to agree, it's a mystery why people take so much notice of celebrities. All a celebrity has is a platform from which they can shreik their half-baked opinions. There's no reason why a top-flight model's opinion on any political topic should have any more weight than my newsagent's, or the bloke next door.