Refraction (Bent Thinking) of the Day #35

Irrelevant Information:  Bringing in information that has no direct bearing on the subject in an attempt to confuse the opponent’s argumentation. Refutation:  Stay focused on the subject and the facts that are relevant to the argument. Example  Betty:  Adam, I see your point concerning contraceptive use, but in the lunch room today, the six other people in the office who hold your view were all watching soap operas. Side Note: one of the most difficult, yet most important tasks in defending positions is to stay on point and not let seemingly relevant information confuse the issues.

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