Saturday, January 9, 2016

Summa of all internet "discussions"

Socrates: You agree, Thermippos, that all men are mortal?

Thermippos: I do.

Socrates: And you agree furthermore that I am a man?

Thermippos. I have no reason to doubt it, Socrates.

Socrates: Surely then you agree that I am mortal?

Thermippos: I didn’t say that. You did. Don’t put words in my mouth!

Socrates: I beg your pardon, Thermippos, but I have simply drawn what follows.

Thermippos: Strawman.

Socrates: But no true reasoner could fail —

Thermippos: Ah, the "no-true-Macedonian" fallacy.

Socrates: But, Thermippos, given the logical form . . .

Thermippos: Define “logical form”.

Socrates: . . . . you must either accept the conclusion or reject at least one of the premises.

Thermippos: False dichotomy.

Socrates: I see, Thermippos. You’re an idiot.

Thermippos: Aaaaand that’s an ad hominem.

So Socrates then ad-hominems Thermippos with a brick....