How to be a creationist"
Here is my list of ideal ways of arguing to enable anyone to remain a creationist or even become one.
Argue from personal incredulity.
Quote scientists out of context (quote-mining).
Don't actually research or read the sources you quote from.
Attempt to refute evolution by posting outdated material. n.b. Usually Discovery Institute derived!
Appeal to authority.
Argue from assertion.
Argue from ridicule.
Offer no constructive arguments, only denials.
Fail to answer any challenge to claims.
Insert miracles/supernatural where needed.
Establish special creation by faulting issues in evolution. (Use false dichotomy).
Use ad hominum commentary preferably by sneering at scientists.
Engage in frequent prevarication if challenged.
Exhibit cultivated ignorance of evolution and related sciences.
Repeatedly make claims which have been previously refuted.
Denigrate education in the evolutionary sciences as "brain-washing."
Dismiss expertise of scientists and Nobel prizewinners.
Claim evolution is only apparent if you believe in it and look at the world and select confirmatory evidence to that effect
Avoid accessing links to scientific theories and facts to scientific experts in their own fields of study.
Make out scientists disagree on the fundamentals of evolution or selection and cite disagreements on minutiae as proof of creationism.
Reverse the burden of proof
Claim evidential priority of faith over evidence and anecdote over systematic study
Make bold statements with scientific language or pseudoscientific jargon but show no reference or evidence for claims
Allow special pleading for your God (e.g. claim everything needs a cause except god??!).
Use add on hypothesis or claims if argument is shown to be on thin ice
Claim postmodern social constructionist philosophical views invalidate science or diminish it to no more value than any other opinion
If all else fails use denial.
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