Kirby Posted: Feb 12, 2007 10:39 AM Plain Text >I blame the math teachers, cuz they're too >spineless to teach any Bucky, same as the history >teachers, who don't know what LAWCAP means (kinda >like you -- too lazy, too much of a loser).
Oh, and a weapon that is typically used to win debates, although it more often has the effect of merely short-circuiting them, is the Appeal To Secret Knowledge. In the modern age, marxists are past masters at this, although the technique, itself, is as old as the mystery religions of ancient Egypt. I think that speaking in tongues is a variant; such speech, much like marxese and fullerisms, that is incomprehensible to other people, is an outward sign that the speaker has tapped into an inner, or higher, power.
Mathematicians are sometimes accused of this (and 2,000 yrs ago the accusers would have been right). A variant on this theme is the modern effort to categorize mathematics as just another means of communication.