Argumentum Ad Verecundiam

Argumentum Ad Verecundiam (click to enlarge)

Argumentum Ad Verecundiam (click to enlarge)

Was very much in a typographic mood this week, and so decided to have a play with some fonts that I had downloaded a couple of weeks ago but hadn’t got round to playing with. The font i’ve used is called Ayosmonika and can be downloaded from here

Argumentum Ad Verecundiam is a logical fallacy, where it is argued that a statement is correct because the statement is made by a person or source that is commonly regarded as authoritative. I thought this simple statement very relevant to the world we live in today.

From wikipedia: Since we cannot have expert knowledge of many subjects, we often rely on the judgments of those who do. There is no fallacy involved in simply arguing that the assertion made by an authority is true, the fallacy only arises when it is claimed or implied that the authority is infallible in principle and can hence be exempted from criticism: It can be true, the truth can merely not be proven, or made probable by attributing it to the authority, and the assumption that the assertion was true might be subject to criticism and turn out to have actually been wrong. If a criticism appears that contradicts the authority’s statement, then merely the fact that the statement originated from the authority is not an argument for ignoring the criticism.

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~ by the2percent on May 20, 2009.

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