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TOTD 21 Aug 2001

Evangelists (those trying to persuade others to adopt their beliefs) generally have extensively studied which arguments have the greatest effect on the unprepared. Usually, these arguments are brief propositions that can be memorized easily and regurgitated in large numbers. These arguments, by the process of selection, tend not to have obvious refutations, and when confronted by a refutation, the commonest tactic is to recite another argument. This eliminates the need for actual understanding of the basis of arguments, and greatly speeds the rate at which evangelists can be trained.

-Mike Huben, from his Anti-Libertarian FAQ

In logic classrooms, people learn to judge conclusions according to the plausibility of their supporting arguments. Outside the classroom, people prefer to judge supporting arguments according to the plausibility of their stated conclusions.

-Andrew Breese

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