There is just no such thing.
Certainly there is no evidence the animal pelvis
rotated 90 degrees to produce the upright man, nor can any animal reason or
(Letter to the Editor,
, January 3, 1983)
ignorance, ad hominem
19. We must keep the classics of European thought at the core of our college
If we continue to move our curriculum in a multicultural direction,
quality will be sacrificed in the name of diversity and pretty soon we’ll be treating
pop music and pulp fiction as serious art.
20. I was appalled to read that golfer Casey Martin, who has a circulatory leg ailment,
won his case and will be allowed to compete in PGA tournaments using a golf
cart [NOTEBOOK, Feb. 16].
I am wheel-chair bound with muscular dystrophy,
and some time ago, I had to abandon my chosen sport of riding and show
Too bad I never thought of suing the American Horse Shows
Association for the right to compete with a seat belt on the saddle.
All over the
county disabled athletes have competed vigorously in their own sports groups.
They didn’t expect major sports to adapt to them, but came up with methods to
compete in their own way with no special dispensations.
If Martin wants to play
golf, he can easily go to municipal or club courses, where almost everyone uses a
This guy deserves the Twit of the Year award.
(Elizabeth P. West,
Letter to the Editor,
, Mar. 16, 1998)
Ad hominem, false analogy, ?
A judge stated that the herbicides 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T were safe when
he issued a judgement in favor of a corporation and against property owners who
tried to prevent spraying near their homes.
In the wake of this judgment, the
following letter to the Toronto
Globe and Mail
appeared on Oct. 31, 1983:
obvious that most reporters and editorial and letters writers either have not read
Judge Merlin Nunn’s decision or their reading comprehension scores are
He was unequivocal in clearly stating the herbicides 2,4-D and
2,4,5-T were safe for proper use.
This legal case exposed the views of many well-
known people and scientists testifying for both parties, and the decision was
clearly in accord with independent, open scientific reviews held in many countries
over the past 15 years.
We should all be pleased that one perceived problem has
been proved false, so we can concentrate on solving Canada’s real ones.”
A Practical Study of Argument
Appeal to false authority, ad
22. The vast majority of members in the American Medical Association think
chiropractors are quacks.
That’s why I’m so suspect of them.
Appeal to false