For the sake of tying up the few remaining loose ends from Matthew's hilarious self-immolation over at The Politic recently, we have commenter "Logician" summing things up nicely:
By the way, you ARE obligated to answer me. I know, with all the terrific responsiblity you have with judging books merely by their title that you have little time left, but hey, YOU’RE the one who wants to make a name for yourself.
YOU claim: YOUR bible is the ONLY book with ANY truth about the origins of mankind. That makes YOUR bible the ONLY true bible among ALL others. This EXTRAORDINARY claim REQUIRES justification. If you think it doesn’t, you’re wrong, period. Here’s your chance, handed to you on a silver platter.
Now, we have only TWO options here:
1) Either you are right and EVERYONE ELSE on this planet is wrong, or
2) You’re just another mealy-mouthed religidiot who is trying to inconspicuously pull your foot out of your big, fat mouth.
So far, Matthew, you have given no one ANY reason to suppose your knowledge is any greater than that of any other neurotic trying desperately to make sense out of the reality you must deny in order to believe in magical beings.
So Matthew, I will check back on you in 12, (twelve), (1/2 solar day), hours. If you have not responded, I will begin blogging all others who have spotlighted you that you are just another goof, a sad little trifle, a typical neurotic who unfortunately found access to a keyboard and is now back in custody of the nice young men in the clean white coats.
This is it, big guy, put up, or forever be branded just another jack-off.
To which Matthew's sandbox buddy Marsilio takes umbrage:
Why would a logician, of all people, commit an inductive fallacy by using the Argument From Silence?
I’m tellin’ ya, schools these days…
Which would normally be a good point, except for the uncomfortable fact that it was Matthew himself who started talking all that smack from the get-go (emphasis added):
For the trolls (and you know who you are!), I simply offer the original title Darwin gave to his book,
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
,and ask you to explain how such a social (and Holocaust-endorsing) statement can be classified as the title of a purely scientific work — until I get a direct answer to that, I will not respond to any of your inquiries as I haven’t seemed to get much of a response on mine and think I’m overdue!
Um ... yeah, Marsilio, so, you see, since Matthew whipped out that whole Argument from Silence thing in the first place, it's somewhat inconsistent and contradictory to now fall back on criticizing its subsequent application of ... you know, Marsilio, never mind ... it's just easier to call you stupid, OK?
BONUS TRACK: You cannot make this stuff up.