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Argument

1. Proof; evidence. There is. No more palpable and convincing argument of the existence of a Deity. (Ray) Why, then, is it made a badge of wit and an argument of parts for a man to commence atheist, and to cast off all belief of providence, all awe and reverence for religion? (South)

2. A reason or reasons offered in proof, to induce belief, or convince the mind; reasoning expressed in words; as, an argument about, concerning, or regarding a proposition, for or in favor of it, or against it.

3. A process of reasoning, or a controversy made up of rational proofs; argumentation; discussion; disputation. The argument is about things, but names. (Locke)

4. The subject matter of a discourse, writing, or artistic representation; theme or topic; also, an abstract or summary, as of the contents of a book, chapter, poem. You and love are still my argument. (Shak) The abstract or argument of the piece. (Jeffrey) [Shields] with boastful argument portrayed. (Milton)

5. Matter for question; business in hand. Sheathed their swords for lack of argument. (Shak)

6. (Science: astronomy) The quantity on which another quantity in a table depends; as, the altitude is the argument of the refraction.

7. (Science: mathematics) The independent variable upon whose value that of a function depends.

Origin: f. Argument, L. Argumentum, fr. Arguere to argue.


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... blacks have higher IQ's than whites and Asians, even in spite of 400+ years of slavery and oppression. :roll: Instead they seek refuge in shifting arguments about culture and environment and the unreliability of tests. Well, the tests have often proved to be unreliable if not outright fraudulent. ...

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Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:46 am
 
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... races had equal IQ averages the reigning PC Social Police woud have tesed us all and proven it in the 60s. Instead they seek refuge in shifting arguments about culture and environment and the unreliability of tests. The fact is that everyone is not equal, and no amount of social engineering ...

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Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:52 am
 
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What do you do when talking to creationists?

... down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. I assume you also know that distant starlight is the best way of dealing with Young Earth (YEC) arguments? In particular I'd appreciate help arguing against the following two points: 1. Irreducible complexity disproves evolution. If IC disproves ...

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by FriarBroccoli
Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:40 am
 
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Topic: What do you do when talking to creationists?
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What do you do when talking to creationists?

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Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:08 pm
 
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... like the more complex an organism is, the more delicate it becomes, in a way: specialized and sensitive to perturbation. I've read quite a few arguments in the same line of reasoning and I couldn't disagree more. The classic example is that of 'catastrophic failure', i.e. that a single part ...

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Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:03 pm
 
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Topic: Is complexity inevitable?
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