Refraction (Bent Thinking) #64

Wishful Thinking –  a specific type of appeal to emotion where a decision is made according to what might be pleasing to imagine, rather than according to evidence or reason.  Refutation: Arguments stand on their own,  based on their validity and support for their claims. Any person’s wishes or desires about how things were different or might turn out do not change the facts or the argument.  Example: Arthur: Babette, I know that you are in favor of abortion, but don’t you long for the days when men and women  only have sex and get pregnant when both are ready to committed  to raising a child together? Side Note: We live in reality and have to base our arguments on facts, not wishes.

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