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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 10:24 PM

35. I don't think you understand the meaning of ad hominem. And I only looked at the first two

 

authors of the paper. Shall I look at the rest?


A Circumstantial ad Hominem is a fallacy because a personís interests and circumstances have no bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made...

There are times when it is prudent to suspicious of a personís claims, such as when it is evident that the claims are being biased by the personís interests. For example, if a tobacco company representative claims that tobacco does not cause cancer, it would be prudent to not simply accept the claim. This is because the person has a motivation to make the claim, whether it is true or not. However, the mere fact that the person has a motivation to make the claim does not make it false.


So while noting that at least one of the authors of the paper has ties to Monsanto doesn't prove the paper is false (which, you'll note, I didn't claim), it does give the public reason to be suspicious.

Now, shall I look at the rest of the authors?


As for that paper: what is the ground-breaking claim you think should have been refuted, and what relation does it have to the herbicide ROUND-UP (and thus, indirectly, GM crops) killing Monarch habitat (and thus Monarchs)?

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