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Named after Duane Gish, the Gish Gallop is a special case of fast talking (the technique famously employed by Snake Oil Salesman that confuses people with fast long strings of words long enough to convince them to buy snake oil). In the classic Gallop, a long string of assertions are thrown out in an argument, most of which have questionable sources if any at all; consequently addressing all of the issues raised with the depth that they deserve is practically impossible: it would simply take too long.

In spoken debate Gish would reel out so many points in a short time, his opponent would be in the impossible position of either trying to quickly refute all the points (and failing because he hasn't enough time) or letting some points slide (which might convince people that the some arguments were left undiscussed because they are irrefutable).

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Have YOU noticed someone using the Gish Gallop Lately?
 


Posts: 136 | Posted: 2:27 PM on April 14, 2008 | IP
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Referring to the other post you just made in reply to one of mine:

By refute you mean Gish Gallop.

You're saying I'm this supposed user of Gish Gallop?



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Posts: 58 | Posted: 8:34 PM on April 14, 2008 | IP
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Quote from allisong at 11:34 PM on April 14, 2008 :
Referring to the other post you just made in reply to one of mine:

By refute you mean Gish Gallop.

You're saying I'm this supposed user of Gish Gallop?



You're not a full blown user of it yet. But you're on the path.


 


Posts: 136 | Posted: 8:36 PM on April 14, 2008 | IP
    
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