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The appeal to emotion fallacy

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    mrbig
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    This fallacy is committed when someone manipulates peoples' emotions in order to get them to accept a claim as being true. More formally, this sort of "reasoning" involves the substitution of various means of producing strong emotions in place of evidence for a claim. If the favorable emotions associated with X influence the person to accept X as true because they "feel good about X," then he has fallen prey to the fallacy.

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      You have written earlier on Tildes that you believe you have some type of trouble. If I remember correctly, you believe that you have 'psychopathic' tendencies. Please, correct me if I'm wrong. It...

      You have written earlier on Tildes that you believe you have some type of trouble. If I remember correctly, you believe that you have 'psychopathic' tendencies. Please, correct me if I'm wrong.

      It appears, at first glance, that this website is interested in helping people deal with the atrocities of the holocaust.

      I've been trying to approach these subjects from an academic standpoint for several years now. I, also, acknowledge the vast emotional aspect of this.

      I was first introduced to the clash between emotion and history as a teenager when I watched Dances With Wolves.

      As I've progressed into my mid life, I've noticed that things are not as they seem. There are shades of grey and other nuances that may cloud our judgment of our human experience.

      In a nutshell, there are many people that have commented on the subject of human suffering that may have taken things a little too far.

      People die. It is sad.

      My favorite poet, Steven Patrick Morrissey, puts it this way in his lyrics/song Cemetry Gates:

      A dreaded sunny day
      So I meet you at the cemetry gates
      Keats and Yeats are on your side
      A dreaded sunny day
      So I meet you at the cemetry gates
      Keats and Yeats are on your side
      While Wilde is on mine

      So we go inside and we gravely read the stones
      All those people, all those lives
      Where are they now?
      With loves, and hates
      And passions just like mine
      They were born
      And then they lived
      And then they died
      It seems so unfair
      I want to cry

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        mrbig
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        Yeah, I glanced on the website to make sure I was not sharing something from a problematic source. Apart from that I know nothing about it, it was listed as a reference on Wikipedia and I thought...

        Yeah, I glanced on the website to make sure I was not sharing something from a problematic source. Apart from that I know nothing about it, it was listed as a reference on Wikipedia and I thought a shorter article that was not Wikipedia would be better received. It's a good article too -- simple and to the point.

        Thank you for the lyrics and the affectionate comments. It's always nice to get those. You're a nice dude.

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          I don't believe that it is problematic at all. It speaks to the depth of our painful human suffering. I believe that it is important to feel these very dark and hurtful areas of our lives. I...

          ...a problematic source...

          I don't believe that it is problematic at all. It speaks to the depth of our painful human suffering. I believe that it is important to feel these very dark and hurtful areas of our lives.

          You're a nice dude.

          I really want to believe that sentiment. However, in all honesty, I believe that I am a selfish person.

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            mrbig
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            We are all flawed, messed up in our own particular ways. At the very least you took some time to share a good sentiment with someone. That is not a selfish act. Be well my friend.

            We are all flawed, messed up in our own particular ways. At the very least you took some time to share a good sentiment with someone. That is not a selfish act. Be well my friend.

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