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Other Attacks, Part 1


And so we'll start today on attacks that aren't quite fallacies of logic.

The open lie

It can be hard to tell if somebody is lying as they're speaking; it usually takes time for the truth to become clear. And so we need tools to help us. The first and most important of them is to remember that there are millions of sociopaths in the world, and that these people tend to lie whenever it might suit their immediate ends, and that they'll feel no remorse over it.

We're not really sure how exactly how many sociopaths there are, and even the terms we use are fuzzy. Estimates run in the range of 1-2% of the populace, and some even higher. Furthermore, it seems clear that there are three times more male sociopaths than female sociopaths. And so at two percent of the total populace, 1 in 33 men are sociopathic, and 1 in 100 women.