Appeals to rationality are mostly bluff. There is no good theory of what it is nor of how to recognize it.
Eden ha[s] put his country in a position where she sustained the greatest diplomatic reverse since Bismarck in similar circumstances had called Palmerston's bluff in the matter of Schleswig-Holstein...Further damage was done when Russia proved by her action in Spain, that she was not a good European as Mr. Eden had assured the world was the case.anthony eden
To see the British Prime Minister watching the company, with six or seven senses not available to ordinary men, judging character, motive, and subconscious impulse, perceiving what each was thinking and even what each was going to say next, and compounding with telepathic instinct the argument or appeal best suited to the vanity, weakness, or self-interest of his immediate auditor, was to realize that the poor President would be playing blind man's bluff in that party.john maynard keynes
I heard * * * * * * the great echo flap And buffet round the hills from bluff to bluff.Alfred Tennyson, Golden Year, line 75.
Weil is trying to bluff you... He can't do anything in his current state.Who: Sage Harpuia