|2010-12-29 17:17:24||How to debunk a skeptic in a debate|
Here's some advice from a climate scientist on an approach they took in a debate with a climate skeptic - thought it was an interesting approach to keep in mind if you ever get in a debate, whether face-to-face or online, with others watching:
Likewise, a common skeptic tactic is to reference a skeptic write-up that has 10 anti-AGW bullet items, and demand, "How do you explain all THAT?!"
I take the same approach: I ask the skeptic to pick JUST ONE specific point that s/he stands behind, so we can discuss it. I offer to go to a second point when the first has been resolved, one way or the other.
Usually, even tabling this approach ends the debate right there!