The intent of this pattern is to create arguments that instil a high degree of confidence in the satisfaction of a goal and are resilient to change and criticism.
Author: Tim Kelly
Last Modified: 22/2/1999
It has been observed that arguments not built on this principle are vulnerable to single points of failure, i.e.:
- If a problem is found with, or a criticism is made of, the single supporting argument or evidence for a claim then confidence in the claim is immediately lost.
- Particularly, such structures are vulnerable to systematic failures in the nature or basis of the argument construction – arising perhaps from the underlying method, technology or evidence.