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Oh, So What You’re Saying Is ________?

Scott CunninghamJun 18, 2019, 3:18:15 AM

Listening to someone’s full argument and then saying back to them “oh, so what you’re saying is” and then inserting a completely inaccurate take on the points laid out and summarizing them into something that fallaciously and purposefully misinterprets their view in order to create a claim to attack.

This is pretty similar to a strawman fallacy and this happens so often and the people who do this will do it so often that sometimes you might miss it, but you have to be careful to always correct them with what you actually meant and to avoid answering questions with built-in assumptions that make you look bad no matter the answer you give.

I wanted to talk about this because it’s become so prevalent in our discourse and people need to debate genuinely and honestly. This is for both sides, we also need to be aware of the people who are doing this and be mindful in how to navigate discussion with them and not get caught in one of the ideological language traps.

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