virus: Pedigogical value of fallacious argument

Kevin M O'Connor (
Mon, 28 Oct 1996 15:58:53 EST

On Fri, 25 Oct 1996 13:56:21 -0500 David Leeper <>

>The question I'm asking is would the martyrdom meme have any effect if
>situation of these
>people were not desperate? If the answer is "No", then the martyrdom
>is not what is
>affecting people, but rather it's the desperation of the situation.
>"Martyrdom", then, becomes
>an attractive wrapper around the truth.

On Fri, 25 Oct 1996 16:57:18 -0500 David Leeper <>

>It must have been written in Seattle then!

On Fri, 25 Oct 1996 15:31:19 -0500 David Leeper <>

>Like most of Lewis Vaugn's work, this is a third-rate argument.

Wow. Fallacy of the single cause, the genetic fallacy, and an ad
hominem attack all on the same day. You used an appeal to fear as well,
but that seemed to be used as intentional humor. Do you have some
pedigogical motive behind this string of fallacies? If so, I'm anxious
to see how you bring the lesson to fruition.

Take care. -KMO