Bulverism

Bul­verism is when you ex­plain what goes so hor­ribly wrong in peo­ple’s minds when they be­lieve X, be­fore you’ve ac­tu­ally ex­plained why X is wrong. It can be seen as a sub­species of the fal­lacy of “poi­son­ing the well”. Bul­verism is for­bid­den on Ar­bital. Every time you talk about what goes wrong in peo­ple’s minds that makes them be­lieve X, make sure you first dis­cuss why X is, in fact, wrong, or route your read­ers to a page that does dis­cuss it. Also see the en­try on Psy­chol­o­giz­ing.

Parents:

  • Fallacies

    To call some­thing a fal­lacy is to as­sert that you think peo­ple shouldn’t think like that.

  • Psychologizing

    It’s some­times im­por­tant to con­sider how other peo­ple might be led into er­ror. But psy­cho­an­a­lyz­ing them is also dan­ger­ous! Ar­bital dis­cus­sion norms say to ex­plic­itly note this as “psy­chol­o­giz­ing”.