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Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday


In the interest of fostering rational arguments I'm going to present a common fallacy with each day's links today's fallacy is: Appeal to Force



Concerning the lying, I think about how disingenuous it is every time I greet someone, or someone greets me, in passing, and most of the time I wonder if the other person is consciously considering it as well.

Usually I am too busy to care.

Lies are like grease for the machinery of everyday life. They are necessary. Without them life would be very diffficult and unpleasant.

At first I thought Krugman was under attack for appealing to force... ;-)

(haven't been on the site for a while)

As far as lying goes, I agree that it's also necessary - and sometimes fun. I had a friend who used to say, "let's get a beer and tell lies". Now, when I think back on it, I wonder if he meant the stories he told or the pick-up lines he used...

A greeting of "how are you?" isn't disingenuous, because it's basically become another way of saying hello or good day, in the US anyway. If you're talking about something like kissing people you don't really like on the cheek though, then I would have to agree.

My wife, who is from Europe, finds it appalling that most people don't greet, for example, the checkout lady when they enter a store. I've tried to explain to her that it depends on the layout of the store - if I come in and there's a huge space between me and the row of checkout ladies, how can I be expected to just blurt out a "good morning" or something? I greet them when I'm in line at the register, isn't that enough?

I don't think I've ever seen Dawkins smile like that - must be because he's standing next to (a braless?) Ariane Sherine. She is hot! Is his hand on her ass? Oh, that cheeky monkey.


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