Is it just me or has the SDMB been visited lately by an influx of people who not merely ignorant or deluded or trolls (which is par for the course and from various viewpoints could describe many of us to some degree) but who actively espouse arguments that are so fundamentally flawed that the people espousing them don’t seem to understand them properly?
Let me be clear: I’m not talking about political or religious disagreements, contentious issues with evidence on either side, opinion pieces, calculated misinformation campaigns in support of an agenda, or yer basic trolling. No, I’m talking about those folks who charge in, declare that they are the owners of the real and only scientific truth, demand evidence for the opposing position which they then either ignore entirely or nitpick semantic points whilst ignoring the rest, and then declare victory. I’m talking about arguments that would fall over in a stiff breeze. I’m talking folks like this guy, like this guy, or a couple (but not all) of these guys. I’m talking about people who exemplify the Dunning-Kruger effect to a T.
I know we always get an influx of summer vacation interns of idiocy around this time of year but I don’t recall this particular approach being so prevalent. Can’t we spray for these people or set out traps or something? I’m getting a little tired of the proliferation of bulletproof ignorance.
And, oh look, there’s a new guy with a 9/11 conspiracy theory…