“A person who reasons with clever but fallacious arguments.”
I’m not sure what caused this phenomenon to become so ubiquitous, but you literally can’t turn around without running headlong into it every fucking where you look. On what’s left of broadcast “news,” in Washington and global political discourse, among science “deniers,” in public internet forums and at work, family dinner tables, and public spaces. Humans have become very adept at specious argument – twas always thus, it’s just that until fairly recently this kind of argument wasn’t given the weight of truth. It’s become so nauseatingly pervasive that I just want to withdraw from the whole dialog. Although this is an effective self-protective response, it certainly isn’t doing anything to solve the problem. The question is: What will?
I honestly don’t have a fucking clue. It’s as if the Dunning-Kruger effect has spread like a virus out of control, empowering hucksters, con-men, and rubes alike. The flood of self-righteous anger, lies, and poor reasoning has surged into a tsunami that threatens to undo hundreds of years of scientific method and discovery. If I listen to too much of this bullshit I actually begin to feel my brain cells dying, as if stupidity could spread by osmosis.
I wish I had something constructive to say, but at 61 I’m just disgusted by the whole sorry spectacle. I’ve already survived cancer and I’m aware that the clock is ticking. I’ve got better things to do with my remaining time than waste it on something I can’t change. So to all the people who seem to love this shit – knock yourselves out and I hope you enjoy the party.
I’d say try not to break anything but I’m afraid you already have.