According to the Speaking of Research website:
Gish Gallop is a technique, named after the creationist Duane Gish who employed it, whereby someone argues a cause by hurling as many different half-truths and no-truths into a very short space of time so that their opponent cannot hope to combat each point in real time. This leaves some points unanswered and allows the original speaker to try and claim his opponent lacks the counter-arguments.
But surely the evolutionists wouldn’t stoop to that level…
Kenneth Miller is an ardent evolutionist and anti-creationist. He has a long history of debating scientific creationists, and is credited with being a crafty debater. One of his techniques is known as ‘spread debating’, i.e. reeling off a series of arguments (many of them straw men) in rapid succession that can’t all be refuted in the time available, leaving the naïve in the audience with the impression that the creationist can’t answer them all…
Miller falsely claims that creationists seek God in the gaps of knowledge, but creationists always say that evolution is discredited precisely because of what we do know, e.g. information theory. It’s also notable that an author praised for his logic argues from his faulty premise about creationists and commits a beginner’s mistake in logic as follows (p. 266):
‘If a lack of scientific explanation is proof of God’s existence, the counterlogic is impeccable: a successful scientific explanation is an argument against God.’
This is an example of the fallacy of denying the antecedent. Compare:
‘If a suspect’s absence from the city where a stabbing occurred is proof of his innocence of the stabbing, then the counterlogic is impeccable: proof that he was in the city is an argument against his innocence.’
We’re just glad that the local police don’t use Millerian ‘logic’ on us every time someone is stabbed in our area.
- Speaking of Research (2012). Gish Gallop. Available https://speakingofresearch.com/2012/09/11/gish-gallop/. Last accessed 24th Sep 2018.
- Woodmorappe, J. & Sarfati, J. (2001). Mutilating Miller: A Review of Finding Darwin’s God. Creation Ministries International. Available https://creation.com/review-finding-darwins-god-by-kenneth-miller. Last accessed 24th Sep 2018.