jman111 wrote:So, just to clarify, you object to hypotheticals based upon actual situations because those hypotheticals can be designed to favor one's conclusions.
BUT, no objections to purely hypothetical situations due to similar concerns? Purely hypothetical situations that are specifically designed to favor's one's conclusions are acceptable.
My, what a principled standard.
There's a big difference. Taking an actual incident and changing the facts hypothetically and then declaring a particular outcome to be the likely result is a waste of time because one can manipulate the hypothetically-introduced facts and imagine any possible outcome you wish.
With my question to Snoqueen, I proposed an entirely fictional set of facts and simply asked a question based on them, without changing the facts or asking her to make conclusions about the possible outcome. How does it "favor" my "conclusions?" She can choose any answer she wants.
If I said "There is an ice cream stand that sells, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and mint. Which would you choose, or if you could select some other flavor, what would it be?" How have I manipulated her into choosing, say, chocolate?