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- Asking a question because you don’t have the courage to make a statement.
- Calling an issue complex or complicated when it is sufficiently simple.
- Feigning a mere “conversation” when you’re really trying to promote a position.
- Appealing to matters of “emphasis” to avoid affirmation and denial of contradictory ideas.
- Giving a disclaimer to avoid taking responsibility.
- Using obscure and pedantic language to sound smart so that people won’t realize how dumb and thin your line of thinking really is.
- Preferring the stimulation of “clever” over the pleasure of knowing simple truth.