It occurred to us that although we have compiled a load of information about creationism, such as The Ten Laws of Creationism, we’ve never posted a collection of creationist debate techniques.
We’ve posted about their tricks — they would call them “techniques” — one at a time, whenever we encounter them. One example is the Creationist Scientific Method:
And we’ve mentioned other techniques. For example, there’s ol’ Hambo’s method of discrediting everything science has learned about the past merely by asking: Were you there? The result, he believes, “proves” that scripture is the only source of truth about the past.
Just before April Fool’s day we discovered a new one that was developed by the Discoveroids. In Why Did Creation Take So Long? we wrote about their new trick — new to us, anyway — of dismissing facts that are inconvenient and defending their warped version of reality merely by asking: “Why not?” Yes, it sounds bizarre, but the Discoveroids think it’s brilliant.
And of course there’s the Gish gallop, defined by Wikipedia as a “technique in which a debater attempts to overwhelm an opponent by excessive number of arguments, without regard for the accuracy or strength of those arguments.”
We know there are more, but at the moment we can’t think of them. Therefore, we’re asking you, dear reader, to add to the list for us. There must be other creationist techniques. And remember, tricks like this aren’t limited to creationists. Politicians can use them too — and they do.
So help us add to the list. It’ll be a useful resource for those ghastly occasions when you find yourself in the company of a creationist — or a politician with whom you totally disagree. Let’s hear from you!
Addendum: Let’s not forget quote mining, described in Wikipedia’s article on Quoting out of context.
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