The Requisite Explanation

July 31, 2008 at 6:09 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

PZ Myers is a douchebag.

He is a professor of biology at some university in Minnesota.  All respect for that much; academia requires a certain mental fortitude which most of us rightly lack.  The real fun comes with what these people do in response to their lost sanity.  My mother has a Ph.D in accounting and a professorship, and spends most evenings organizing her stamp collection.  I know at least two math professors who run marathons, and a geology professor who avidly collects coins.

PZ Myers preaches to his loud, obnoxious choir.  On the internet.

What about?  First, he’d take great issue with my rhetoric, for he is a fanatical athiest.  He perhaps wouldn’t argue with that rhetoric, even though fanaticism has its roots in religion.  PZ Myers is Richard Dawkins, but on the internet.  He is so fervently sure that there is no God or anything in the universe that can go beyond experimentation, he ringleads what is effectively the religion of Athiesm.  Although he claims to hold no god before science, he is curiously immune to logic and reason.  Yet what else is religion but a belief strong enough that the believer is willing to eschew evidence, reason, and logic for its sake?  He also uses a lot of sarcasm when quoting his opponents (who are usually right), but as a bitch once told me, sarcasm is the poor man’s irony.

Normally, I have nothing against obnoxious internet celebrities and their retarded fans, but this is the new Rush Limbaugh we’re talking about.  He makes my blood boil and reading anything he writes pains me.  Unfortunately, a) I’m not getting rid of my ScienceBlogs RSS because most other blogs on that roll are quality, and b) he seems to be enough out of legal trouble that he’s back to posting.  The frustrating thing about Pharyngula is, you want to lash back at him, spit in his face, tell him how and why he’s wrong.  But should you comment, not only will he neither listen nor care, but his barbaric hordes will be unleashed upon you, drowning the most well-articulated post in a sea of filth.

He may be free of Catholic guilt, but he will not be free of scrutiny.

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I should annotate this with some disclosure; while baptized as a child, I do not adhere to any religion.  While I think a godhead and afterlife are satisfying fantasies, I do think they ultimately remain fantasies.  I have nothing wrong with people whose beliefs against a set-in-stone sort of spiritual hierarchy are firmer and more developed than mine, but I do have a problem when it’s in backlash to dogma to the effect of becoming dogma in itself.

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