Here's another guest post from Jason Eure, who is still a pretty smart dude whose thoughts are worth your time. Follow him on twitter @jmeure
February 3, 2003: Adam Vinatieri lines up to kick a potential game-winning 48 yard field goal to win the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots. The snap and hold go smoothly, the kick is up and on line… but just as it’s about to sail through the uprights, a St. Louis Rams fan pushes the goalposts back 20 yards and the ball falls short: leaving the Patriots to lose in overtime (or at least I wish this above scenario had happened…I view my happiness as inversely proportional to the number of rings in Tom Brady’s possession).
While we (sadly) can’t influence physical goalposts to this extent, this happens metaphorically during many arguments — evidential standards are arbitrarily altered in order to make a counter-argument inadequate or insufficient. This is an informal fallacy known as (wait for it) ... shifting the goalposts.Read More