Re: Tom Kyte a false idol?

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Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:10:05 -0800 (PST)
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I just got this too. This is absurd. I detest any sort of ad hominem arguments or attacks on the value of someone's statements of fact, arguments, reasoning, etc. This is without regard to whether the intent is assert the veracity of fact or reasoning because of someone's credentials or the reverse, to argue the falsity of a statement of fact or reasoning based on credentials, personality, previous statements or the fact that they do not dress fashionably. This has been known as a fallacious argument since before Aristotle. Every time I hear someone say "I have been working in this field for 30 years" or "I have two post graduate degrees from Harvard in this field.", I immediately feel assured that they do not have a sound case and if I examine it closely, I'm going to be able to cut it to pieces. Particularly despicable is the argumentum ad verecundiam, the argument that one's position is correct because one's opponent lacks credibility, their position is therefore incorrect and thus one's position be correct. I will not delve into inductive reasoning but it is essentially the same sort of fallacious reasoning.

I have been reading papers by many of the people mentioned and I only accept those providing sound evidence and reasoning. Tom Kyte invariable provides and insists on a script that sets up the test case and executes the verifying test (and usually releases any memory allocated).

"Don't accept authority simply because it comes from some great man or is written in a sacred book." - The Buddha Received on Thu Mar 05 2015 - 03:10:05 CET

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