Refraction (Bent Thinking) of the Day #38

Appeal to Force (Argumentum Ad Baculum): Threatening some type of harm. Refutation: Threats or coercion do not truly make anyone right.  Example Adam:  Bob, if I can’t convince you of my position on marijuana use with logic, I guess I’ll just have to pound it into your head with my fists. Side Note: Many threats are given with no intent to be carried out. They only serve as an emotional manipulation tool. Consider carefully two things: 1) can they really carry out the threat and 2) will they really carry out the threat?  Once the threatened action occurs, they often have no leverage and are back to square one,  so often the action is not desirable to the threatening party either.

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