That homeopathy zealot Roslyn Ross is conforming to type in the comment thread below a recent article entitled, ‘Are homeopathic ‘remedies’ helpful or harmful?’, by Jennifer Gunter. I’ve observed and encountered much of the activity of this irritating snark a number of times in recent years and have previously commented on the fervid activity of this apologist and propagandist for homeopathy. Indeed, so predictable, so tedious is her fallacy-laden modus operandus that I figured it deserved its own fallacy name:
Ros(s)ing: A noisy, dishonest deflection device, characterised by mantric accusations of ‘ignorance’ and ‘prejudice’, employed to obfuscate copious logical fallacies and feigned oblivion to failure to address and correct untruths.
Roslyn Ross/rosross/rosetta has a stock set of apparently well-crafted, pre-scripted comments/responses, which, though repeatedly answered/called-out/debunked, she continues to recycle in predictable pattern. This is the classic thread-saturation tactic of the cult homeopathy propagandist: repeat-ignore; keep the ‘controversy’ bubbling. She badly needs some new material as, the homeopathy debating repertoire being limited, her responses to challenge have become very predictable. The opening bat is almost invariably accusations of ‘(egregious) ignorance’ and ‘(worse) prejudice’, which are constantly replayed. Indeed, when a new homeopathy-critical article appears online, one can predict with reasonable certainty that: (i) the harpy-like Ros Ross will soon descend, and (ii) will immediately proceed to label homeopathy critics/rejectors so. She is extremely disingenuous, adept at exasperating and drawing the insult, then crying ad hominem foul and victory. When questions get awkward, when you expose her and homeopathy’s inconsistencies, her resort is then to deflect and evade by lambasting the quality of the question(er), as though somehow beneath her contempt and not worthy of the attention of one with such a superior, homeopathy-savvy (Cough!) intellect. But if you keep trying such questions, she tends, despite apparently having plenty of time on her hands, to go noticeably quiet (I am still awaiting answers to a few questions I’ve posed) and divert her attention to elsewhere in the thread. And continue re-peppering her usual material, accompanied by the claim that her own incoherent and logically fallacious challenges have never been met. Which they have – repeatedly.
Ros Ross is again exposed and trapped, spiralling in fallacy and disingenuity. Posturing as motivated by opportunity to reach ‘open minds’ rather than those who see through the PRATTing nonsense of her own closed one, which, with its continued recycling of irrelevant/erroneous/worthless/busted material, just comes across as insane.
She’s a Jane Austen fan (‘… Prejudice’). I speculate that her delusions are not limited to homeopathy and other hokum, and that she fantasises about either emulating a great writer, and/or models herself on her principled literary heroine.
Thing is, Elizabeth Bennet would eat her for breakfast.