Then, ignoring all the evidence I provide, dismissing my argument with a wave.
Then, the denial and resentment at being questioned.
and arm waving, basically whining that - It's not nice to challenge someone's faith.
What kind of DEBATE is worth having?
It's about a willingness to expose one's own ideas/understanding to skeptical reviews.
It's about considering and better understanding competing information and ideas.
It's about being willing to hear about flaws in one's own understanding. After all, that is how we learn!Poptech's debate is the political/lawyerly affair, where "winning" the argument is all that matters.
That sort of debate feeds on conflict and confusion rather than on learning anything constructive. Nothing more than a sort of ad hoc exercise in self-justification.
Not the stuff of learning or understanding.