When people get into a debate, there tends to be two different things that can happen. People present facts and those facts are either deflected or evaded, or people simply start insulting the person they’re debating. We see this in politics all the time where different politicians try to assassinate the character of the politicians they are running again. However, this character assassination isn’t just specific to politics as it is seen in science as well. Many scientists will attack others’ findings if they disagree with their conclusions and their research.
- Debates can happen by exchanging facts with one another or deflecting and evading those facts to give a persuasive opinion.
- Attacks on someone’s character are not just specific to politics as they actually happen in science as well to diminish other’s work.
- Name calling can be relevant if you deem that the speaker is a hypocrite. Essentially you’re just calling them out for lying.
“the public criticism or defense of a wrongdoer may be occurring because of political loyalties and not really facts or principles”