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
Neighbor Nate is getting fed up with the Disciple of Master Trik-Ki Woo who came to his door peddling membership in the Kung Fu Kollege.
Neighbor Nate: Look, pal, I work out at the gym and I’m happy with that. I don’t have any interest in learning Kung Fu and I don’t think I’m in any danger from alien zombies.
Cultist: Oh yeah? Well, prove that there won’t be an alien zombie invasion!
Neighbor Nate: Oh for crying out loud. I don’t have to listen to this…
Cultist: You can’t prove it, can you? Therefore, my Master is right – there will be one, and you’d better prepare for it by training with us!
[Neighbor Nate slams the door in the cultist’s face]
Way to shift the burden of proof, Cultist! The cultist knows he has nothing to back up his assertion, so he attempts to shift attention. Obviously, the cultist lacks the spine to go do his own research – perhaps he fears finding out some very uncomfortable truths about Master Trik-Ki Woo! Neighbor Nate could have pointed this out, but really – if someone is that brainwashed, disengaging is always an option 🙂
If you’d like to learn more, you can follow along in the book _The Fallacy Detective_ by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn