You’re just saying that because you’re a… : Demographics as defeater

Imagine these:

Conservative: You’re just saying that because that’s the liberal party line – the party line it just so happens your teachers and lectures agree to.

Atheist: You’re just saying that because these are the religious beliefs of your parents.

Science sceptic: You’re just saying that because that’s the scientific orthodoxy – an orthodoxy that just so happens to say whatever Big Pharma likes.

Crudely, we might consider these accusations of bias (they aren’t), and sentiments like these are common in argument. What do they mean, and are they a worthwhile argumentative strategy? Continue reading “You’re just saying that because you’re a… : Demographics as defeater”