Recoiling in intellectual revulsion

Recently I’ve been somewhat demoralized by the intellectual poverty on display throughout the web. It’s getting beyond my ability to keep up with it – i.e., namely, with the intellectual impoverishment. That godforsaken Science Blog website flourishes, where they pay hacks to boldly come out and defend the consensus that everyone accepts anyway. William Dembski just keeps deleting comments that make him weary over at the Panda’s Descent blog, or whatever they are calling it now. And don’t get me started on so-called “global cooling,” which is not a viable alternative to the standard dribbling lunacy.

Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the scientist of this age? I have defeated them thus far. Who is left? I assume my readers are familiar with vast corners of the Internet where there are worthy opponents. Where are they? Please hyperlink them to me.


18 thoughts on “Recoiling in intellectual revulsion

  1. It’s so hard to know who would be a worthy opponent for you.
    These guys, maybe? Shouldn’t be too hard to ridicule their ideas.
    Or are they one of your supporters against the evil consensus?
    These guys might be more in your league, though somewhat comical.
    Why don’t you ask your husband – see what he can suggest?
    Or is he unaware that you masquerade as a scholar on the web?

  2. Hi NS! I guess it’s another coincidence. I have also been complaining lately about the absence of worthy opponents on the science blogs. I don’t know what the solution is either.

  3. I would just like to leave the blogger with my last comment before I move on to another activity:

    I have formed the opinion that the author has no real understanding of many of the subjects he chooses to criticize. He is what Socrates calls a rhetorician. He imitates expertise. He does no experiments of his own. He does not obtain degrees in the fields he dismisses in the blink of an eye. He plays word games. He does not try to be clear; in fact, he seems to be unclear at times perhaps in order to mask ignorance. He fills his posts with seemingly intellectual references to many great thinkers of the past, oftentimes with no relevance to the subject matter, but provides nothing more than the most visceral and basic objections to theories that have shaped human accomplishment. He wishes to be viewed as educated, which me may be in some respects, but greatly overextends his reasoning. He does this to such a degree that it leaves one to wonder if he is putting the reader on. Much of the technology he uses to publish these ideas is dependent on the very ideas he claims to refute.

  4. I second Jason. The author has no idea what he is talking about.

    Of couse the web is full of wacky idiots, the world is full of wacky idiots. Try. New scientist or get a subscription to a journal, that’s what the rest of us do. I encourage you to do just that

  5. I think this fixation with the paucity of robust argumentarians may be distracting you from phenomena altogether more sinister: the rise of denialism. Studies show ( or will show, at any rate) that the number of denialists is increasing at annual rates of over 100%.

    If you could could direct your attention to this venerable (sorry I might mean venereal, I’ll come back later to correct if required) group of people who current hot topic is “How admitting to denialism, will lessen the depth of our argument, the height of our stature, and the wideness of our girth”

  6. Jason,

    Thank you for admitting the fact that I am relatively highly educated.

    I don’t know what the reason is for your other self-righteous belching. It has no relation to anything I’ve written. Do you have anything useful to contribute?


  7. Lt armor,

    I appreciate your implication that auto-didactic behavior is advisable. But, I already am an auto-didactic scholar, so that’s that.


  8. Jason wrote: “He does this to such a degree that it leaves one to wonder if he is putting the reader on.”

    I would suggest that any reader left wondering has not been paying close attention.

    Ian replied: “I’d take a wild guess but I don’t think you’ll be getting a response to that one Jason. Well said though.”

    @ Ian: I am wondering why you need to guess.

    Well said indeed. 🙂

  9. Dear “Confused” at Tv

    I see that you folks are desperate to validate yourselves at my expensive. Despite my recent attempts to placate your childish outburst, I’m afraid there is no help for you!


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