Sunday, November 21, 2010

ipse dixit

ipse dixit sounds like it looks - "ipsy dick sit".

When I thought of all the ways that people try to convince you that something should be believed, I should have come up with this one first. It's also referred to as a "bare assertion fallacy" - making a claim without evidence. More simply: "it's true because I said that it's true".

Too often, we fail to ask why. Why is what you just said true?

Just saying it doesn't make it true.

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