December 8th, 2009

diarmuid

A question on ad hominem

Yes, yes, we all know it's a logical fallacies, but logical fallacies can be awfully persuasive. So my question is here:

http://powip.com/2009/12/the-art-of-influence/

I am serious in my question. I am on the receiving end of an ad hominem and it's ticking me off. I want to know what kind of audiences really are persuaded by this ploy, and any counter-measures y'all can think of. I find the whole thing highly embarrassing.