So, cl has challenged me to a chatbox face-off; a challenge I have declined. Why? Well, other than the fact that I’ve already answered his challenges on this blog in excruciating detail, using in many cases HIS OWN WORDS against him, there’s this from RationalWiki:
The Gish Gallop is a skeptics’ jargon term, named after creationist Duane Gish, for the debating technique of drowning the opponent in such a torrent of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments that the opponent cannot possibly answer every falsehood in real time.
The Gish Gallop is also cl’s preferred mode of operation in debating his opponents in the threads, so you can imagine what it must be like debating him live. Oh, he can insinuate that I’m afraid, or inferior, or whatever, but really, what would be the point? I’ve engaged people live online hundreds of times over the years, with one of two results. We either wind up having an amiable conversation, or it all ends in lots of heat and negligible light. I gave most of that shit up some time ago out of sheer frustration, and am not of a mind to revisit it with the likes of cl. He likes warfare, but I’ve grown out of it for the most part, preferring to lob shells of truth and wisdom into the enemy’s camp and watch the melee ensue.
cl, if you ever have any viable refutation of my charges that won’t make people squirt milk out their noses in disbelief, bring it on. Otherwise, shut the fuck up and move on. Or, better yet, come clean. That would take guts, and I’d actually gain some respect for you. Otherwise, I’ll go on considering you the joke that you are in the eyes of hundreds. Have a nice day!