Refraction (Bent Thinking) # 2
- Psychogenetic Fallacy: Rejecting an argument just because you do not like the associations of the speaker or because you know their mindset on matters in general. (e.g. “I disagree with John Behner’s solution to the current debt crisis because he is a Republican and their solutions protect the rich.” Again, a common error. Refutation: You are equating the person and his reasoning when you reject someone because you know their basic mindset. People are not arguments and arguments are not people. Example: Just because he is a Republican and Republicans in general are characterized as protecting the rich, that does not mean that his proposed solution to the debt crisis is without merit. It is possible that he got it right this time! I don’t know how probable, but it is possible.