Argumentum ad absurdum:
Or it is called: reducio ad
Try the following logic on your
friends, and enemies.
(Your friends may turn to enemies if
they are subjected to your razor
This is an argument that gets the
blood flowing in the illogical and
emotional when they can't stand
your answers, or they have no
refutation to what you deduce.
Always remember, "The truth will
make you odd."
Learn to take the heat when you are
The argument we are using is also
can be called "reducio ad
absurdum." - argument to absurity
or to reduce to absurdity.
This argument shows that the
principles (basic root of his system of thought) of
your opponent neccesarily leads to
a contradiction or a ridiculous conclusion.
1. THE WORD "EXTREME" (as
used by some who want to justify what cannot
They (opponents) use the word "extreme" as
a word to set you off balance and for you
to let them hold their principle w/out complaint
from you while permitting them not to take their
belief to its logical conclusion.
Some people say, "Well abortion at 3 months is
O.K., but at 6 months or 7 abortion is
They use the term extreme.. However, if
abortion is OK at 3 months, it is logically OK at 6
or 7 months. It's the same being, same baby,
not a different being.
If the logical application of the argument is not
what the opponent wishes, then so be it.
He does want abortion at 3 months, but not at 6,
so he thinks he can get away with his irrational
belief by using the term "extreme" instead of
recognizing the truth of the logical conclusion of
his basic belief.
He can't have his cake and eat it too.
Your opponents may not like it at all when you
say this.. So what? Truth is what it is.. Like it or
(Socrates had to drink the hemlock for the truth
2. Example 2 of "extreme" used in phoney way:
Some people will say to you "All morality is
Then you could logically hold a gun on them and
say the following:
"I know it is.. Hand me your money and your car
keys. I want a nice car, so I'm taking your
The person says, "By subjective I didn't mean
that extreme to which you are planning to go!"
You say, "Extreme? I am only being logical, for
my subjective morality says for you to hand car
and money over to me. Also my subjective
morality says I can shoot you if you don't !"
Hopefully this will be enough either to " 1. Make
the opponent furious.
Not everyone will like you or accept this
refutation. Which leaves the implementation of
these principles up to you to use or not...