Re: The Conjunction Fallacy Fallacy

From: John K Clark (
Date: Tue Aug 29 2006 - 01:00:34 MDT

Russell Wallace

> Looking quickly back to June 8 (God bless Gmail! ^.^), I find the
> following clarification from Eliezer on the killthread:

> "Obviously the Killthread wasn't for that, but because of the apparent
> sliding into ad hominem."

> I take this to mean that the topic isn't permanently banned and can be
> raised again after a reasonable interval provided it doesn't slide into ad
> hominem again; correct me if I'm wrong?

Yes, Eliezer said the reason the thread was killed was because of
"ad hominem". I was never accused of engaging in "ad hominem"
(what a ridiculous phrase!) but rather Eliezer said I was the victim
of it and he tried to convince me that the only reason he killed the
thread was to protect my delicate sensibilities.

I don't buy it for one nanosecond. This is a classic case of intellectual
cowardice pure and simple.

   John K Clark

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