The Cluelessness Event Horizon (CEH)

July 22

If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.

(Proverbs 29:9) NKJV

We’re easy going and willing to give anyone the benefit of the doubt. However there are times when it dawns on us that a person with whom we’re having a passionate discussion doesn’t know what they’re talking about. They’re bluffing.

People on Twitter, particularly, and other social media platforms argue about subject matter that they don’t know anything about, and it’s perfectly acceptable to bluff your way through arguments. The problem with bluffing, though, is that you can only go for so long before you make a mistake and reveal that you’re actually clueless. Further discussion is pointless because the opponent has passed the cluelessness event horizon (CEH), from which there’s no coming back.

The cluelessness event horizon is that moment in a conversation when it’s obvious that a troll is bluffing. The words and phrases they use make it clear that they don’t know what they’re talking about. People on Twitter believe that they can bluff their way out of it, but it’s already too late: they’ve passed the CEH.

Cluelessness Event Horizon (CEH), definition

Here are a few examples of typical Twitter exchanges which demonstrate the CEH. We’ve selected four of the main issues of debate. These are specific examples drawn from hundreds of similar exchanges. These themes and others are repeated time and again such that analysis of the topics and trends led to the development of the Atheist Science Troll Handbook.

The Cluelessness Event Horizon (CEH) – Navigation

1IntroductionProverbs 29:9
2The Mass of the SunPsalms 104:22
2.1Calculating the Lifetime of the SunLeviticus 19:36
3Epicycles and Retrograde MotionEcclesiastes 1:5
4The Stratigraphic ColumnGenesis 7:4
5Established Science1 Timothy 6:20
SalvationRomans 10:9-10
– Navigate your way around the CEH.

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