Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Intellectual Hospitality & Intellectual Hostility

"I am simply in favor of intellectual hospitality — that is all." — Robert G. Ingersoll 

Among the many, often overlooked annoyances that I, in my supreme good graces tend to let slide is the behavior people exhibit in a discussion where they ask you to admit the flaws or holes in your argument, yet do not do this themselves. Or even worse, when you take the matter upon yourself to properly present your case, and like any good researcher, point out the flaws that yet do not invalidate your findings. You admit your biases, and the possible arguments against your conclusions, even as you demonstrate continued faith in them. Meanwhile, the opposition engages in hostile debate as if all of their arguments are built of solid bedrock, when in fact they are just as flawed -- if not moreso by their hubris -- as yours are.

What I want just for once is people to admit it when their wrong, or mistaken, or possibly confused. What I want just for once is for someone in a rational debate to admit that their essay-length comments aren't air-tight bastions of rationality, but just another opinion susceptible to all manner of fallacies.

But then again if people did that, well, there wouldn't be an argument in the first place! So I guess I'll just settle for a continuance of my carpet-bombing ignorance with knowledge and a higher standard of conversation.


4 footnotes:

Chuck said...

You want to see people admit when they're arguments are unproved or contain bias? OK, you go first.

Zek J Evets said...

Oh Chuckie...

Already been there, and done that. Check my posts regarding Black crime stats, race and genetics and IQ, or misandry. Shoot, check my posts on haters, hipsters, and all manner of miscellany.

But you don't really care about that though, do you? I think you'd just rather keep on believing the same old shit =/

'Course I could be wrong. Maybe I've got you misunderstood. (Oh snap! Wait, was that suitable for your request?)

Pretty Preeti said...

Zek, aren't you an anthropologist?

If so you would know more about actual scientifically based anthro-biodiversity than any of these psuedo scientific pop psychology HBD wannabes.

Zek J Evets said...


Indeed, and I've often dropped my sarcuasticism to engage in serious debate with them regarding the fallacious nature of their claims, but they refused to meet the burden of proof, follow any of the methodology, or even define their terminology. Basic things really, because we never really got to delve into the deeper facets of ancestry, culture, and other important considerations.

However, I have 3 different posts on the matter, which can be found through a simple search in the search-box of my blog. Just type in "HBD".