Diverse Argument

Posted by GSNAdmin on December 07, 2011
GSN Patterns

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.:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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