I wrote this blog entry awhile ago and batted it around for some reason in debate over posting it. Mostly because I couldn't tell whether this quote is related to the actual entry or not:
I continu'd this method some few Years [the method of questioning everything], but gradually left it, retaining only the Habit of expressing myself in Terms of modest Diffidence, never using when I advance anything that could possibly be disputed, the Words, Certainly, undoubtedly, or any others that give the Air of Positiveness to an Opinion; but rather say, I concieve, or I apprehend a Thing to be so I imagine it to be so, or it is so if I am not mistaken. This Habit I believe has been of great Advantage to me, when I have had occasion to inculcate my Opinions and persuade Men into Measures that I have from time to time engage'd in promoting. [emphasis Ben's]
I have concluded that it is only somewhat related, but hey. Free donuts.
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Also known as Truth Truth Truth Truth Lie or Truth Truth Truth Truth Opinion.
It's one of the most common fallacies out there. It's also the oldest trick in the book to deceive people. The problem I've noticed is that people can type it themselves...and trick themselves into believing it.
For example, Bionicle is biological chronicle, Gali is blue, Tahu is red, solar flares are red sometimes, the sky is red.
Did you catch it? Pshaw, you were looking for it, and it was kinda obvious.
TTTTO is more common though. The practitioners of this commonly believe that the O is a T, because of all of the Ts that came before it. Big mistake.
Some flowers are purple, some Legos are purple, some Mixels are purple, purple is awesome.
Of course, it really doesn't matter how many T's are in front of it. And usually RL applications of TTTTL and TTTTO are waaaay more subtle than my blatantly obvious examples. Then, of course we have TLTTT, TTLTT, TTTLT for the truly wicked. Opening with a true statement and subtly weaving in the lies as you talk is the hallmark of true villainy.
Or, if unintentional, true stupidity.
The way to avoid the latter is to insert degree measurements (increments) of certainty when you talk/type. For example, "I think", "I'm pretty sure", "I know", and QUOTE (The source). Or if you're IRL, "this said that", wave the source in their face, etc. If you can slap "I think" or "I feel" in front of the sentence, it is most likely an O. If you can slap "I want this to be true" in front of the sentence/phrase, then there is a high possibility it is an O or an L.
Of coarse, if you're really smart, you use the increments of certainty when lying. This is actually extremely hard. In fact, one of the easiest ways to spot a liar or opinion-presented-as-fact is lack of the increments of certainty. But "I think" *insert lie here* is actually one of the best ways to lie, because if you're exposed you can just play dumb and get out. It actually works as a shrewd shield, especially since not only do the opposing party have to prove you're wrong, but also prove you knew. Humble people can be the worst.
And now that I've told you how to lie and get away with it, I shall end this one on a comparable sour note. Check everything. And be careful.