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Apropos of nothing, it just occurred to me that the ad hominem and "appeal to authority" fallacies are different faces of the same coin. Where an ad hominem attack tries to defeat an argument by claiming the person making the argument shouldn't be believed, the "appeal to authority" fallacy tries to further a claim by claiming that the person making it should be believed.

This post brought to you by a wandering mind and a sinkfull of dishes.

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It's true that in a practical sense they differ. It just struck me how, in this one aspect, they're reversals of each other.

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