Manufactured Housing, Profitable Education,
Straw Men, Red Herrings, and Ad Hominems
Today, before diving into the news and reports from the week in review, we will consider principles that once understood, can be personally and professionally useful and profitable.
All education time. Yet education is necessary. Done correctly, with someone willing or open to learning, an educational effort can be quite profitable.
The obvious antidote to the poison of misinformation is good information. That applies in business, someone’s personal life, politics or any subject one care to consider.
But what if the misinformation has gone on for a long time?
Manufactured housing has suffered from a various examples of flawed thinking. Those errors may perhaps have been well intended by some. But nevertheless, misguided policies at the local, state and national level have harmed manufactured housing. Those who grasp that pattern can in turn manipulate matters, for good or ill.
When such conditions occur, the normal function of a free market has been skewed.
When misinformation is common, it can become useful or necessary to demonstrate step-by-step the errors in reason. There are many ways that can be done.
One way is to show trend lines. If group X promised Y, and years later, Y is not achieved – and the hoped for fix may have meanwhile became worse – the reasonable person viewing that trend ought to consider rejecting X and Y, at least on that issue.
But what if X uses a clever slight of hand? X says in reply to the evidence, ‘the reason Y hasn’t yet occurred is because A over here is an idiot, and messed it up. Ignore A, and give it more time.’
That’s an example of logical fallacies at work. X tries to duck the issue, instead of actually addressing the failure.
Much of American education uses some logic within a discipline, such as math, engineering, science, English or medicine.
But not enough realize just how valuable spotting a logical fallacy can be in business, policy matters, or any other part of life.
There are manipulations of reason, often based upon emotional appeals. Before diving into the stories for the week that was, consider these three common fallacies.
The Best Schools “The Quad” says this about the three common logical fallacies we spotlighted in our headline.
Just as success in business requires discipline and time, there is a measure of discipline and time needed to understand these common fallacies of reason. But for those who learn them, it can open doors to clear thinking, which in turn can clear the way to correct actions.
Right thinking can lead to more, and ethical, profits. Take the time to dig in, learn more, to earn more.
1) Ad Hominem Fallacy
“When people think of “arguments,” often their first thought is of shouting matches riddled with personal attacks. Ironically, personal attacks run contrary to rational arguments. In logic and rhetoric, personal attacks are called ad hominems. Ad hominem is Latin for “against the man.” Instead of advancing good sound reasoning, ad hominems replace logical argumentation with attack-language unrelated to the truth of the matter…”
“An ad hominem is more than just an insult. It’s an insult used as if it were an argument or evidence in support of a conclusion. Verbally attacking people proves nothing about the truth or falsity of their claims. Ad hominems are common known in politics as “mudslinging.” Instead of addressing the candidate’s stance on the issues, or addressing his or her effectiveness as a statesman or stateswoman, ad hominems focus on personality issues, speech patterns, wardrobe, style, and other things that affect popularity but have no bearing on their competence. In this way, ad hominems can be unethical, seeking to manipulate voters by appealing to irrelevant foibles and name-calling instead of addressing core issues. In this last election cycle, personal attacks were volleyed freely from all sides of the political aisle, with both Clinton and Trump facing their fair share of ad hominems...”
“…When these insults crowd out a substantial argument, they become ad hominems.”
2) Straw Man
“It’s much easier to defeat your opponent’s argument when it’s made of straw. The Strawman fallacy is aptly named after a harmless, lifeless, scarecrow. In the straw man fallacy, someone attacks a position the opponent doesn’t really hold. Instead of contending with the actual argument, he or she instead attacks the equivalent of a lifeless bundle of straw, an easily defeated effigy, which the opponent never intended upon defending anyway.”
“Straw man fallacies are a cheap and easy way to make one’s position look stronger than it is. Using this fallacy, opposing views are characterized as “non-starters,” lifeless, truthless, and wholly unreliable. By comparison, one’s own position will look better for it. You can imagine how straw man fallacies and ad hominems can occur together, demonizing opponents and discrediting their views.”
3) Red Herring (ignoratio elenchi)
“A “red herring” is a distraction from the argument typically with some sentiment that seems to be relevant but isn’t really on-topic. Typically, the distraction sounds relevant but isn’t quite on-topic. This tactic is common when someone doesn’t like the current topic and wants to detour into something else instead, something easier or safer to address. Red herrings are typically related to the issue in question but aren’t quite relevant enough to be helpful. Instead of clarifying and focusing they confuse and distract.”
You could call the red herring a slight of hand, or razzle dazzle. Its a distraction, designed to take people away – often by using emotional ploys – from the original point. Both the cartoon, and the video clip make the point.
The video from a movie has the advantage of ending with the lesson. The red herring, or any logical fallacy, isn’t about convincing your opponent. It’s about distracting and manipulating the audience.
Remember, ours is a great industry, with a proven track record that has sunk to a low level. It arguably won’t advance to its full potential until those core issues are addressed.
That said, and since several of those issues are covered in this week’s news and reports, with no further adieu, let’s dive into the week that was.
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Elvis Presley’s Personal Mobile Home Restored, Honeymoon Hideaway Up for Auction – manufacturedhomelivingnews.com
The scores of Elvis impersonators one can find are the only reminders needed that he is still seen as the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ today, as he was by millions in years gone by. When you are a star, it seems surprising to people that someone with money and fame would pick a mobile home for their personal use.
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