Last- Thursdayism
(np) 1. The assertion that all existence sprang into being this past Thursday, with all memories of sentient beings created in situ. cf. The Gosse Assertion. Variants replace "Thursday" and "Last" with other time symbols and relation modifiers.
(n) 1. One who puts forward information which is known to be untrue. [den.] 2. Another person who puts forward information which disagrees with information that one has already posted. [conn.] 3. One who continues to put forward information for which a rebuttal has been given. [conn.] Notable example: Duane Gish's 1974 "Have You Been Brainwashed?" pamphlet contains several errors of fact which Gish admitted he knew about in 1985. Ian Plimer pointed out that it seemed odd that the ICR was still selling the pamphlet, unchanged, long after Gish said he was aware of the errors. See irrefutable truth.
(n) 1. A method of Biblical interpretation in which the meaning of each passage is exactly what it states, no more and no less. This is an interesting ideal, but in practice is never observed. 2. A method of Biblical interpretation in which the meaning of each passage is exactly what it states, no more and no less, *unless* theology or tradition or textual clues or common sense indicates otherwise, in which case the meaning is something other than exactly what the passage states. This is the form in which "literalism" is commonly encountered. See literally(3).
(adv) 1. Of a method of making a weak joke or finding fault with one's correspondent. Example: "I am no relation to Robin Lane Fox." "Then, I take it, you do not believe in common origins." The second person took the first person literally. 2. Figuratively. [conn.] Example: "I was so angry, I literally exploded." 3. Of a method of reading into a text what you want it to say. [conn., TAE] Example: "I read both Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 literally."
* (n) 1. A specific location upon the physical medium which carries heritable information at which a gene resides. [den., science]
Loki Points
(np) 1. Points garnered in the Chris Colby t.o. home game by entering a tongue-in-cheek parody of a viewpoint opposite your own which is responded to by persons of your own viewpoint as if the parody was a real argument. A classic example of a Loki Point award includes whoever came up with the "decreasing body temperature proves SciCre" post, which was a Barry Setterfield/Thomas Barnes parody, but who attracted some pretty amazing flames from t.o. regulars who should have known better. Named for the deceptive Norse god Loki.