Have you ever tried to make an argument and encountered an objection that was a straw man?

Here is a summary of the video below:

 

What happens when a straw man is used:

   A straw man is a distortion in logic

   It is an exaggeration or a misrepresentation of your argument

   It’s easier to knock down and attack a straw man

   The attack becomes irrelevant because it’s not your argument

 

What to do:

 

    On defense:

      Point out that they are attacking an argument you didn’t make

      Restate your argument

      Identify their misconception

   On offense:

     Engage their actual argument

     Break it down and respond to the section they misunderstand

     Do not attack something they didn’t say

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