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    Default The Iron Man Fallacy

    There is a fallacy which I would like to commit more often, we can call it the iron man fallacy, the opposite of the straw man fallacy. It begins with a weak argument, perhaps offerred by an opponent in debate, which is then improved upon until it resembles something quite sensible, almost reasonable. Then the discussion proceeds by analysing and criticising the newly forged iron man. There have been many issues on which the iron man fallacy has been very productive and educational to me, and I encourage everyone to give it a try.
    A criticism that can be brought against everything ought not to be brought against anything.

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    I like using this productive fallacy also. It is basically giving the benefit of the doubt over and over and over again.

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    wait...

    what's a fallacy?
    wails from the crypt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by murkrow View Post
    what's a fallacy?
    Something shaped like a penis, I think. Yes, this thread is about an iron man's penis.
    A criticism that can be brought against everything ought not to be brought against anything.

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    I though Iron Man was a great movie.
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    Tony Stark built this out of scrap metal in a cave.


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    Oh yes who can resist Leo!
    *Swoon*
    Such a good actor, too.


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    Haha Oh wow, even my derail got derailed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reason View Post
    Something shaped like a penis, I think. Yes, this thread is about an iron man's penis.
    Bwahahahahahaha!

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    *Disappointed this wasn't the title to the Iron Man sequel.*

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