Saturday, October 31, 2009

Denialists

A comment at Uncommon Descent:

I have debated many ID denialists (that’s what I call them now, since their argument is never based on evidence or logic). Whenever I point out the basic premises of ID theory, they call me a liar and ridicule me for not knowing anything about ID.

They always do the same thing: cherry-pick quotes to “prove” that ID proponents believe that ID refers to a god, refer to the Dover decision, then proceed to use motive-mongering, character slander, and simple denials.

The reiterate over and over that IDists conduct no science; when I refer them to the research, they simply deny it. If they cherry-pick a quote, I provide a full context that contradicts their characteriztion, they insist that the proponent in question was lying when they produced the quotes I refer to.

When I point out that this impeaches their own witness, they go back to ridiculing me.

And they do all this while completely admitting – and even being proud of the fact – that they have read absolutely no significant ID materials other than what is available on anti-ID sites.

It astounds me that people will adamantly argue against something, ridiculing it and smearing the character and reputations of others, without even bothering to give a significant reading to the material they vilify … and then insist that their position is the more logical and supportable, and that I – who have actually read the material – don’t know what I’m talking about.

4 comments:

Stephen R said...

"They always do the same thing: cherry-pick quotes..., refer to the Dover decision,... use motive-mongering, character slander, and simple denials."

Funny -- I don't recall doing any of those things. What's the Dover Decision?

Matteo said...

Link

Stephen R said...

Heh. Yes, I know Google. I was being facetious. Rephrasing: "Dover Decision? Never heard of it."

Next time, you should use this: http://lmgtfy.com/

;-)

Matteo said...

Now, that's funny! Thanks for the lmgtfy.com tip!