Monday, February 22, 2016

The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bullshit

read in full here

I'm especially pleased to have learned of the term "Gish Gallop" (I've certainly encountered in the humanities articles that are "torrents of error"): 

The term “Gish Gallop” is a useful one to know. It was coined by the science educator Eugenie Scott in the 1990s to describe the debating strategy of one Duane Gish. Gish was an American biochemist turned Young Earth creationist, who often invited mainstream evolutionary scientists to spar with him in public venues. In its original context, it meant to “spew forth torrents of error that the evolutionist hasn’t a prayer of refuting in the format of a debate.” It also referred to Gish’s apparent tendency to simply ignore objections raised by his opponents.

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