Sophistry, a favorite tool of the MSM and Politicians. Learn to recognize it.Submitted by go213mph on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 09:45
Sophistry is unreasonable argumentation that suggests that if you aren't persuaded by it, you're being unreasonable.
Reasonable argumentation never works by appealing to the principle that if you don't go along with it, you're being unreasonable. Reasonable argumentation persuades by bringing up facts and ideas that are genuinely and reasonably persuasive and enlightening. It moves your beliefs naturally, without your having to decide that you "should" believe the conclusion. There is no guarantee that your conclusion will be right, but your understanding of the matter at hand will at least be better informed and more refined.
Notice how often individuals in positions of power us the pharse (or one similar) “We just don’t have the data!” They do this constantly because they know if there’s any unresolved element at all, in any situation, most people will instantly default to the official Government explaination.
Similarly as we Ron Paul supports know first hand, if we tell people that what they’ve been told isn’t true, they no longer think we’re trustworthy. But if we reinforce the false notion they’ve been fed by the government and the media, they have no problem trusting us. So are we are expected to avoid telling people the truth about everything all the time because we might risk being seen as untrustworthy?
Sophistry can also include the calculated use of fallacy. This is not meant as an alternative as in a different meaning, but simply a different way of saying the same thing. Anyone engaging in a real argument (as opposed to simply a fight) will attempt to appeal to reason. Using a fallacy is cheating and should be a clear sign that you are arguing with a liar...which is pointless, so move on.
Once you start thinking about Sophistry when listening to people speak...like Bernanke, Obama, Press Sec, hell, ANYONE who is in a position of power and must tell bold face lies...it's absolutely comical how they have mastered these cunning methods of deception. Until more people wake up to the ways in which they are bing lied to without even noticing...things will continue on the road to tyranny.
Enjoy your day all!