Debate and Law

Understanding Ad Hominem Attacks—A Harmful Logical Fallacy

February 27, 2019

In logical fallacies, ad hominem attacks are personal attacks made against a person rather than their argument. Their character, judgment and personal lives are used against them to disprove their knowledge of an issue. How can you avoid committing or suffering one? […]

Debate and Law

Understanding How Trials Work—What is an Opening Statement?

December 1, 2017

As an attorney, your opening statement represents your first chance to connect with the jurors and create a lasting impression of what the case is really about. But preparing an effective opening statement takes careful thought, and there are strict limits on what an attorney can, and can’t say. […]

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Debate and Law

Logic and Logical Fallacies

August 26, 2017

Are you guilty of using any of these logical fallacies? Learn more with Professor Steven Novella in Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking […]

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Debate and Law

A More Powerful Argument: The Toulmin Model

April 4, 2017

One of the most widely studied models of argumentation was designed by Dr. Stephen Toulmin, a British philosopher and scholar of formal logic. The beauty of the Toulmin model is its simplicity, yet it reveals that truly mastering argumentation requires a series of high-stake decisions to be made in the moment. […]