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What, pray tell, is ‘ad hominem’ about my reply to your initial query?

Subject – Teleportation Tweak

Your query - "What say ye of people who have opinions on something audio without ever having listened to it?"

My reply – “Anyone who suspects an 'extensively modified' travel alarm clock placed in one's home to improve an audio system (or TV) is snake oil seems to be employing good judgment in my view (ditto that for this teleportation nonsense).”

Interpretation – You posed a question (see your query above). I responded with MY OPINION and clarified it as such by stating “in my view”. My opinion was directed to you – the asker of the question. My opinion was ABOUT a product and those individuals who share MY viewpoint. It was in NO WAY about you. There was nothing, I repeat, NOTHING ad hominem in my statement.

Clarification of a term - An ad hominem attack is one that attacks the character of the holder of an idea instead of the idea itself. For an example, please review your last reply to me in which you called me the following: “jealous god”, Old Testament” and a “schoolmarm”. I hope you can see the difference. You accurately quoted the translation of the Latin phrase as “to the man”, but you apparently fail to understand what that actually means.

Your final statement - "Snake oil." "Nonsense." Out of the blue, these things are said to me! To me, the man! Talk about an "ad hominem attack..." Please explain how this is “out of the blue”? Did you not pose a question (see your query above)? If you don’t want to hear anyone’s opinion, don’t ask such questions. One last time – that was NOT an ad hominem attack; it's called conversation.

My final (and I mean final) statement – Again and again and again, I have asked you to give me ONE good reason why I should NOT be dismissive about the aforementioned tweak. Your only answer has been repeated name-calling. I DO NOT believe in magic. Apparently you do, and you find my incredulity an affront – sorry about that. There are some things that I don’t have to try to know that they won’t work – like jumping off a thirty story building with a cape on my back and flying. If you’re so credulous as to believe that anything is possible, and the only way to *know* the truth about anything is to try it, then why don’t you give THAT a try and let me know how it works out for you!

I’m done.

"Jazz is not dead - it just smells funny" FZ

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