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Thread #63595   Message #1033795
Posted By: mack/misophist
11-Oct-03 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: Fighting fair in arguments
Subject: RE: BS: Fighting fair in arguments
One thing that hasn't been mentioned is the fact that there are topics that should be avoided like the plague. Certain people have such an investment in certain ideas that even the most diffident rebuttal is seen as an attack. For example, my cousin and I get along fairly well but when it comes to politics, I call him a fascist and he calls me a commie. Then we laugh and shake hands but that's as deep as we dare take a political discussion. Also, when arguing (debating?) with women I'm sometimes hit with a tearful "Why do you have to be right?" In other words, some exchanges are not about facts but something else. I never understood what.