We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Argument: "No Scotsmanputs sugar on his porridge." Reply: "But my uncle Angus likes sugar with his porridge." Rebuttal: "Ah yes, but no true Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge."
In disputation, the No True Scotsman fallacy is most often used to try to discredit an expert opinion, or to silence an opponent. Remember, all a Fallacy is is a flawed premise, or a conclusion which is not supported by the premise(s). Otherwise known as tricks.
The reason politicians are the least-respected job category in America is because verbal tricks and rhetorical disingenuousness are their stock in trade. In other words, they are manipulators. It's a flaw of democracy, and a worse flaw of the alternatives.
Example: If an atmospheric scientist doubts that Global Warming is caused by man, then he must be a shill for Big Oil.
Example: If an atmospheric scientist believes that warming is caused by man, then he must be pursuing grant money by saying the PC thing to ingratiate himself with the grant committee.
It is a close relative of the Consensus Fallacy, ie, "if most people think it, then it must be so." Which is patently baloney, even though journalists often use polls as if they provided a guide to reality: more often, they serve as a reminder of human ignorance.
Science never has settled truths: it tries to find facts with which to build theories, which are subject to endless disputation until replaced, or until the arguments run out for a while. Pretty much all theories die, eventually, and enter history as quaint ideas of the past. It was only ten years ago that the NYT was warning about the coming Ice Age (which probably is coming, but not tomorrow). And not all that long ago when everyone believed that the sun revolved around the earth. Our theories are our illusions, constructed for our comfort, and to keep science guys off the unemployment lines.
Capital "T" Truth is a matter of religion, not science.
Joe over at Evangelical Outpost applies the No True Scotsman critique to the Warming issue and the embryonic stem cell issue, along with some good comments on how scientists work.
No true Scot wears anything under his kilt. That is a fact.
We are in production on a series of programmes called "From Good to Outstanding" for Teachers TV. These programmes aim to help teachers improve their teaching methods and are shown initially on Teachers TV channel and then can be seen on the web.
In this third series we are filming an English lesson and observing a teacher to see if he, with help from our communications experts, will reach the grade of "Outstanding" from our Ofsted Inspector.
In the lesson we are covering, the pupils are looking at examples of dialect, and the teacher would like to use your image of a the scotsman or piper featured on your website (which was sourced through google images). Do you think this would be possible? It would really help us illustrate our programme and the teaching methods we are following. If you were happy I would need you to sign a standard release form giving consent.
We would need to know by Monday or Tuesday of next week as we are finishing our edit. Apologies for the late notice. Could you confirm by email if you are happy and then either post or fax the form back to me?
Please let me know if you require any further information.