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Talk:Devil's advocate

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"The problem with this behavior -- aside from making the person doing it look like an irredeemable asshole -- is that it is abusing privilege. The Devil's advocate is often treating someone's life as a hypothetical, which is insensitive at best."

WTF does this mean? What on earth is wrong with playing devil's advocate? It's a very useful method of testing whether a claim or position holds up to rational scrutiny, and the only people I'd expect to be against it are those who don't want their positions questioned by anyone. The claim "it is abusing privilege" looks like something from a dogmatic ideological website, not rationalwiki. Not to mention that I can't even see how "privilege" is relevant to the topic since the claim contains nothing resembling evidence or rational argument. (talk) 13:53, 27 June 2016 (UTC)

While I do understand what Nerd was trying to say here, I sympathize with the above comment very much. This text should be reworded, cutting the word 'privelege' and changed to better reflect the idea. PBfreespace (talk) 03:58, 28 June 2016 (UTC)
But what is the idea? (talk) 04:46, 28 June 2016 (UTC)
I agree. Sentence removed. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 11:43, 28 June 2016 (UTC)