I’m thoroughly enjoying the tennis match with my friend Captain Cassidy 😀 I really do hope the feeling is mutual — she seems to be pretty sporting about it all so far, so I think I’m not overstepping my bounds to hope that she’s also getting something out of our exchange. Thanks also to others who have weighed in on the matter — I’ve gotten to meet several new people so far, which is always a good thing! Y’all are very welcome, make yourselves at home 🙂
This time, I must thank the good Captain for introducing me to a new term: PRATT, which stands for “Point Refuted A Thousand Times.” In her recent article, she establishes the groundwork for this term and then outlines a list of examples of such that I am supposed to have employed against her. (The points she made therein seemed very similar to those she made in her first response.) Some are fair points, others I’m pretty sure are not so fair — and some are more addressed at my tactics than my points themselves. (If you’re interested in my answer to some of these points, feel welcome to check out my response article and my direct response to her comment.) All, however, seem to come with a hefty dose of caricature, to the point where even I can’t find much about them to take seriously (even though I am supposed to have said them myself).
However, the article the Captain cited on RationalWiki that dealt with PRATTs had a few examples of its own — and, since they seem to be the authority on the matter, I figure I’ll go right to the source. (more…)