Tuesday, December 14, 2010
An example of hate group character assasination: Atheist Accuses Carig of Plagiarism
A guy named Theo Warner has tried to brand William Lane Craig as a Plagiarist. Apparently this guy has a reputation for going after Craig. He has two video's on You tube entitled "William Lane Craig is not a plagiarist, parts 1 and 2."
Even though he says "not a Plagiarist" he actually argues that he is. There is a great deal of increasingly petty bs going on here. One of the major lunacies this guy does is to make a survey where he shows people the passages that he feels is plagerized and then has them say 'do you think this is plagiarism" and they say yea or ney. He tries to use this to show that he plagiarized. Thsi is nto how you do it. You just show that more than seven words are indentical without giving credit where credit is due. Now I'm not sure that the limit is seven, but I think it is or was when I was in Freshman English. The number is academic. You don't conduct a survey to prove plagiarism. You show the material, find the duplication, check how many words are identical without giving credit and that's it. Here's why I think this guys is merely trying to do a Hatchet job on Craig.
He shows the paper on the video but it's too burly and small to tell if it's footnoted. He has certain phrases underlined. He says the underlines are the duplication but you can't if they are foot noted or not. The thing is, it's not really plagiarism to use their phrases if they are footnoted. He's attributing the ideas to them. We can't tell just from watching the video if it's that or not. I'm willing to bet that somewhere earlier in the piece he did footnote it.
As my readers know I was recently accessing of fabricating studies. The reasons the accuser gave were the extremely petty. It's obvious this guy wanted to destory my reputaion. This Werner probably knows he can't prove Craig is a plagiarist. He entitles it as he does to avoid being sued. If he's right it should not be hard to demonstate that he is. It's so hard to demonstrate that he's afraid to go to court then probably has no case. I think this is just another case, like the guy who accessed me, of a character assign.
That is one of the atheists major modes of argument. I find that they use character assignation more than anything else. A site called idioticatheists argues agaisnt it, defends Craig but I don't like them either. They are very ad hom in their approach and it's just a tit for tat thing that I find disgusting. So once again, there are hateful atheists but they do not have monopoly on that.