with "Well, you're just smarter than the rest." (In Britain, that might be put as "too clever by half".) This is Dismissal By Differentness. Sometimes the attack is on the other person's intelligence. For example, "Von Daniken's books about ancient astronauts are worthless because he is a convicted forger and embezzler." (Which is true, but that's not why they're worthless.). Ad Hominem is not fallacious if the attack goes to the credibility of the argument. Argument From Authority.) Trial judges allow this category of attacks. There may be a pretense that the attack isn't happening: "In order to maintain a civil debate, I will not mention my opponent's drinking problem." Or "I don't care if other people say you're Attacks don't have to be strong or direct. Therefore, machines don't think. Kook waved away a whole category of evidence by announcing "All the scientists were drunk.". Turing lies with men.
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Oddly, the stupidity attack is sometimes reversed. You can merely show disrespect, or cut down his stature by saying that he seems to be sweating a lot, or that he has forgotten what he said last week. For example, "If you weren't so stupid you would have no problem seeing my point of view." Or, "Even you should understand my next point.". Not Invented Here and, changing The Subject. Another example is this syllogism, which alludes to Alan Turing's homosexuality: Turing thinks machines think. It is related. Some examples: napoleon and Charles X , Who Changed the World? "I used to think that way when I was your age." "You're new here, aren't you?" "You weren't breast fed as a child, were you?" "What drives you to make such a statement?" "If you'd just listen." "You seem very emotional." (This last.
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