Bulverism and Science

Don’t avoid an issue by putting down the person who brought up the subject. Avoid of bulverism, a term invented by the British author C. S. Lewis. If a subject is worth consideration, it should be discussed, but if you disagree with somebody, don’t turn the discussion into how your opponent is foolish or stupid or blind or ill-intentioned.

I remember reading something somewhere, and it was years ago, about a pterosaur sighting in South Carolina. A skeptic was insisting that it was impossible. He said that if such a large pterosaur were alive in the United States, then somebody would have seen it. What faulty reasoning was that! He read the report about somebody seeing a live pterosaur and then insists that the animal could not exist or else somebody would have seen it.

Science has been known to be slow. Read very slow. It waits, considers, and waits a bit more and considers things again. But eyewitnesses keep coming up, people keep seeing pterosaurs flying around. There will eventually be a scientific discovery and it will shock many skeptics. I can hardly wait for that.

Pterodactyls and Bulverism

When someone publishes a web site with a URL that includes the words “stupid” and “lies,” and the point of the site is to ridicule those who promote the idea of living dinosaurs or living pterosaurs, “bulverism” probably fits.

Pterodactyls and the Moons of Jupiter

What’s wrong with the existence of a live pterodactyl? Some skeptics avoid attacking that idea directly but instead sneak around for an attack against those who most loudly proclaim that those flying creatures are still alive.

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