Your irony meter may just exploded on this one.
Predictably, the idiots (at this stage there really is no other word for them) over at Uncommon Descent have been removing comments that criticize Fuller’s vacuous defense against Sarkhar, a philosopher whom philosophical-know-nothing Denyse O’Leary calls “third-rate” (seriously!). In justifying the censorship “Dave Scot” states:
In order to make this thread a little easier to manage any critics of Fuller’s must use their real name to post a comment. Check the anonymous bravado at the door. I ought to make that a policy for the whole damn blog not just this one thread.
And Denyse chimes in with
Good for you, Dave!
There is no such thing as anonymous bravado.
Problem is, as most know, “Dave Scot” is not Dave Scot. He’s Dave Springer. Not much bravado there. Of course, it’s because only critics have to reveal their true identities by using an institutional e-mail address (as “Dave Scot” demands later). Supporters of Fuller, Dembski and O’Leary can just keep on truckin’. Wow!
And then our pseudonymous host goes on to attack philosopher of science John Wilkins whom he calls an “expendable chump”.
And to make it even better, “Dave Scot” announces that
Professor Fuller does not want to field questions in the comments here. His only desire was to publically [sic] respond to a critical article in a trade journal. In fact he wanted comments disabled so no one would expect him to respond but Bill [Dembski] convinced him that the comments would be at least worth reading and should be enabled.
This, friends is discourse ID-style. A journalist and an engineer calling two highly qualified philosophers a “chump” and a “third-rate hack” while allowing anonymity for the peanut gallery and denying it to critics. And all the while cheerleading for Fuller, who refuses to engage in discussion but is perfectly happy to have a website which has a track record of ignorance about basic science host his wordy ejaculations.