On the Devil’s Advocate, and how he can be a real jerk

xkcd makes a brilliant, if sarcastic, statement on the devil’s advocate.
xkcd #1432: check out the link above for more

In short, playing “devil’s advocate” is the act of debating the points of an opposing side of an argument, in an attempt to put one’s own argument into context. (I’m assuming, however, that you already know that.) When done prudently and properly, the devil’s advocate allows us, at best, to gain a greater understanding of our own views and to add more depth to our arguments and, at worst, gives us more ammo with which to assault the strawman.

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