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Valid ad hominem arguments occur in informal logic, where the person making the argument relies on arguments from authority such as testimony, expertise, or on a selective presentation of information supporting the position they are advocating. In this case, counter-arguments may be made that the target is dishonest, lacks the claimed expertise, or has a conflict of interest.

Rhetoric class 101 : Wikipedia.. Its on line so it must be true. It sounds reasonable. It sounds like something I would write. Maybe I did!
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