I assure you, I did not post this to start trouble. sigh
I also realize my reputation may suggest otherwise.
As I said a few times before, I dropped Philosophy after one or two classes, and this forum has prompted me to go back and try again. When I found that course online, I was delighted, but I realized quickly that something was lacking--discussion.
I know many others here at Pip are at times intimidated by this forum because of terminology and references to works they have never read, much less studied. Many people are afraid of looking stupid.
I don't happen to have a problem with confessing my ignorance. Good thing, eh?
(For example, I had to look up "ad hominem".)
Here's what I found:
An ad hominem argument, also known as argumentum ad hominem (Latin: "argument to the person", "argument against the man") is a logical fallacy consisting of replying to an argument by attacking or appealing to the person making the argument, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument. It is most commonly used to refer specifically to the ad hominem abusive, or argumentum ad personam, which consists of criticizing or personally attacking an argument's proponent in an attempt to discredit that argument.
Other common subtypes of the ad hominem include the ad hominem circumstantial, or ad hominem circumstantiae, an attack which is directed at the circumstances or situation of the arguer; and the ad hominem tu quoque, which objects to an argument by characterizing the arguer as being guilty of the same thing that he is arguing against.
There's a very helpful chart there as well.
If this post is construed as a personal attack, I have no problem with watching it go "poof".
I thought when I admitted that I vascillate between science and religion, I was expressing neutrality.
Stephan, I realize I have more to address in your answer Stephan, but I hope to do so more thoughtfully than I have in the past.
In other words, I'm trying to apply what I learn, k?
And I have no idea where Bertrand Russell got his ideas. Prolly wasn't the internet though.
OH, and Logic 101 was just the name of the course. Sheesh. I just wanted to talk.
And shrug, if somebody out there had a good argument that marries science and religion, that's what I was hoping for. I tried other message boards, but I got kicked out of one, just for calling myself "soliwitch". Egads, if this created a problem, we can just forget about it.