Today I coin a new Latin phrase in honor of our frequent interlocutor daveS. Here it is: Argumentum ad Gannitum – the argument from whining. (“Gannitum” being Latin for “whining”).
The argument from whining takes this form:
Person A makes an argument supported by logic and evidence that he believes compels a conclusion.
Person B, instead of making a counter argument based on logic and evidence, says something like “Admit that you may be wrong” or “It’s not my job to show you how you are wrong.”
Here is an example from a recent combox discussion with daveS:
Barry makes the following argument:
Either there is a God or there is not. If there is a God, meaning is possible. If there is no God, meaning is not possible. Let us, therefore, assume for the sake of argument that an atheist such as yourself is correct. There is no God. Therefore, meaning is not possible.
Barry, Is it possible that you are wrong?
No, really, that is his response. Check it out here.
Uh, yeah dave, it is certainly possible that I am wrong. But no one will ever know that I am wrong if all you do is whine about my argument instead of attempt to rebut it.
In fairness, dave later made a run at trying to show meaning in a meaningless universe. It amounted to “I know there is no meaning, but I feel like there is, so there is.”