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Tactic of Failure To State / Arguing for a Position While Insisting that there is No Position / "Prove Your Belief, BUT My Belief Is Not Disclosed"

 

Tactic of Failure To State / Arguing for a Position While Insisting that there is No Position / "Prove Your Belief, BUT My Belief Is Not Disclosed"

The Tactic of Failure To State / Arguing for a Position While Insisting that there is No Position / "Prove Your Belief, BUT My Belief Is Not Disclosed" occurs when the position of one or more people is not stated. Various techniques are used to accomplish this. One is to ask so many questions or make so many fallacious attacks (such as ad hominem) that the questioner/attacker never states his or her own position. Often, this is done on purpose. It is a tactic that is used in contrarian arguments on the Internet. This is closely associated with the burden of proof fallacy. "If I never state my position, I don't need to defend it."

Examples of the Tactic of Failure To State / Arguing for a Position While Insisting that there is No Position / "Prove Your Belief, BUT My Belief Is Not Disclosed"

Roxanne: "Praise Jesus."

Sandra: "Prove to me that Jesus exists."

Roxanne: "If you don't acknowledge Jesus Christ, there is no way to prove His existence to you. However, you can know Jesus Christ and then you will have proof of His existence just like I do. Are you saying that you disbelief the existence of Jesus Christ."

Sandra: "I have no beliefs. The burden of proof is on you. Prove that Jesus exists."

Sandra is trolling, taking the contrarian argument. She is honing her skills at baiting people while failing to state her own position. Her philosophy is that life is about winning or losing. She personally has convinced herself that there is not God, so there is no truth. She thinks that if she doesn't state her position, she can't be asked to give a reason for her belief.



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