Like a Moonie facing deprogrammers: fast talking, defensive, unable to stand still long enough to let Gary get a word in edgewise, he bounced all over the place like a cranked up drug addict.I think carbo cult syndrome is the best way to explain this sort of behavior.
The term term cargo cult is used to describe confusing correlation with causation. Or to differentiate pseudoscience, going through the motions, from the real thing. As Wikipedia puts it:
The inception of cargo cults often is defined as being based on a flawed model of causation, being the confusion between the logical concepts of necessary condition and sufficient condition when aiming to obtain a certain result.
[. . .]They produce studies with all the trappings of real science but are actually pseudoscience? Gee, where have I heard of that before? Paging Mr Taubes . . .
The term as an adjective is perhaps best known outside of anthropology because of a speech by physicist Richard Feynman at a Caltech commencement, wherein he referred to "cargo cult science", and which became a chapter in the book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!. In the speech, Feynman pointed out that cargo cultists create all the appearance of an airport right down to headsets with bamboo "antennas", yet the airplanes do not come. Feynman argued that some researchers often produce studies with all the trappings of real science but which are nonetheless pseudoscience and unworthy of either respect or support.