The Fallacy Hash

The following is a definition of a 128-bit quantity to be known as the fallacy hash.

  • Take an argument about mandatory ISP filtering.
  • List the fallacies referenced by the argument, in sorted order by their fallacy #
  • Prefix each fallacy# with the an indication that the argument is in favour of the fallacy (+) or against it (-)
  • Separate the list with commas
  • Encode the string as UTF-8
  • Take the md5sum hash of the UTF-8 coded string.

The resulting number is the fallacy hash of the argument.

Rhetorically re-hashed arguments can be detected by comparing their fallacy hashes.

Arguments may have to be re-hashed in the sense given here as and when new fallacies are identified.


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