You know there are many reasons I don’t do debates. The biggest one so far is that every time, the nobodies challenging me are complete idiots. It happened again today, on twitter.
Out of the blue, some guy I never heard of announces that his pal can crush me in a debate. Eh, I think, another clown.
But then there follows a few hours of chest-thumping. He used to be a hard atheist, but @taskawi made him rethink that. There is much protesting that I’m mean because I dismissed these guys as “raging loons”. Oh, yeah, he will challenge me to a debate and he will beat me. Bragging? Yeah, these guys were really strutting about like little popinjays.
And then they get serious.
You know, they haven’t yet said why I should debate them, they haven’t even said what the question is, or what side they’re taking, and this joker is setting the terms and telling me it’s for money. Does he even know the mathematician, the astronomer, and the physicist he has decided are the judges? Right: and I’m going to name Barack Obama, Satan, and the President of Mars to be judges now. This is getting ridiculous, and I tell them they’ve been nattering at me for hours and can’t even tell me what I’m supposed to be debating here.
So finally pretentious twit lays down the rules…not that I was asking for them, or even cared what perimeter he was trying to set up.
Heck, does he even know Robert Wright, the fellow he is so blithely proposing as referee?
But at last, finally, after 3 hours of taunting me (time I spent teaching a class and attending a committee meeting), they drop their grand question on me.
A belief in God is more scientific than atheism, using the best measures of science.
What a waste of time: a boring question that contains its own contradiction. How can you claim a supernatural being, by definition inaccessible to any natural means of detection, can be at all scientific?
I was done and told them so. And people wonder why I’m quick to give nagging nitwits the boot: because every time I give them a little slack they just demonstrate why they weren’t worth engaging in the first place.
I did look into this @taskawi’s stream to see if he’s always so terribly afflicted with grandiosity, and yes, he is: he’d jumped to me after howling at Glenn Beck.
Just a warning: ignore this guy. He’s a flaming full-on freaked out kook.