Thursday, January 17, 2008

Argumentum verbosium

Argumentum verbosium - a rhetorical technique used by LGO investigator's that tries to persuade by overwhelming the complainant with such a volume of material that their supporting argument sounds plausible, superficially appears to be well-researched, and it is so laborious to untangle and check supporting facts that they hope their conclusion will go unchallenged.

It is the fallacy epitomised by the familiar quote:

"If you can't dazzle them with your brilliance, then baffle them with your bullshit. "

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