Gish gallop

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The Gish gallop is a key technique that denialists use in debates. Named by Eugenie Scott 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.[1],[2] The other salient characteristic of the Gish Gallop is that each spurious assertion can be uttered rapidly, yet takes much longer to rebut.

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  1. Edited from: Michael Tobis and Scott Mandia (with input from Gavin Schmidt, Michael Mann, and Kevin Trenberth) (2011-01-06). Forbes’ rich list of nonsense. RealClimate. Retrieved on 2011-01-31.
  2. Double quotes indicate a direct quotation; but what punctuation do we have, to indicate revision of someone else's existing text? (there should be a way to do this, other than enclosing it in <plagiarism> </plagiarism> tags; since if the original author doesn't mind, then it's just an edit.

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