Galloping towards a “Gish Gallop”

Here is Marc Roberts’ latest cartoon. Click on it and it expands a bit.

And here’s the back story: I added Real Climate to my Google Reader about two hours ago (this is a step I recommend). I then read the following paragraph from a Jan 6 2011 post

Bell uses the key technique that denialists use in debates, dubbed by Eugenie Scott the “Gish gallop”, named after a master of the style, anti-evolutionist Duane Gish. The Gish gallop raises a barrage of obscure and marginal facts and fabrications that appear at first glance to cast doubt on the entire edifice under attack, but which on closer examination do no such thing. In real-time debates the number of particularities raised is sure to catch the opponent off guard; this is why challenges to such debates are often raised by enemies of science. Little or no knowledge of a holistic view of any given science is needed to construct such scattershot attacks.

And about an hour ago I sent that text and a link to a couple of people, including Marc, to whom I suggested:

“Marc – a cartoon with Ernest having bet on his horse and its Gish gallop, only to find it’s been shot by the vet (boffin) for having gone lame? Frank having a smirk, having backed a winner, but knowing he has to spend the money quickly before the eco-apocalypse kicks in? Just suggestin’…”

This is utterly typical of my dealings with wretched man. I’ll send him an idea*, and before the electrons are dry he has posted something ten times (at a conservative estimate) funnier.

* In this instance one that would have been convoluted and unfunny…

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