Trash Talk Tuesday:
Time once again for us martial arts bloggers to learn:
1) How NOT to make a case for or against someone or something
2) Why certain comments set our teeth on edge
3) How to stay focused when discussing our arts
Sempai Steve: In the tournament yesterday, this one guy from Dojo X really nailed me – yowch! I’m bruised but I’m OK. The referees called a foul on him.
Whitebelt Nelly: Wow, Dojo X is probably like the evil Cobra Kai Dojo from that 1980’s movie, “The Karate Kid!”
Whoa, Nelly! Just because one Dojo X student hit hard enough to merit a foul doesn’t mean all the students in Dojo X are vicious bullies! The student himself might be a great guy who made a mistake. Maybe he even bought Sempai Steve a beer after the tournament. Jumping to conclusions about the greater whole based on one tiny little part is called the Part to Whole Fallacy. Counters for this fallacy could include statements of facts and/or thinking of other possibilities.
If you’d like to learn more, you can follow along in the book The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn