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Thursday, July 28, 2005

PZ Myers would be god, if he wasn't such a dangerous atheist...

Two great posts from Dr. Myers over at Pharyngula. First one is on his new ideas for museums:
We all know that stupidity sells, especially if it is stupidity with an aura of piety-- —take a look at Ken Ham's creation science museum or Kent Hovind's Dinosaur Adventure Land, or the attempt to gussy up a zoo with creationism. Now here's a whole raft of comparable suggestions, all certain to be just as successful.
  • The Museum of Inferior People: Today, many white heterosexual Christians in America are confused. They know they're better than everyone else, but by exactly how much?
  • The Divine Invention, Innovation and Industry Institute: Did you know that what many intellectuals or so-called "thinking people" consider marvels of science are, in truth, Marvels of God?
  • Ripley's Believe It or Suffer Eternal Damnation! Museum: Ripley's Entertainment, Inc., owner of the world famous Believe it or Not! Museums and the most trusted name in the presentation and exhibition of hard-to-believe facts, is lending its authority and time-honored credibility to Biblical miracles.


And his next is on, well, ants. Dr. Myers discusses a recent article in Nature about how ants find their ways to and from food and their nests. Apparently this question stumped even the great Richard Feynman. But it didnt stump the great PZ:
I'm proud to say that when I first read of the problem I immediately thought of an even simpler solution, and one that the article then goes on to describe as having been demonstrated in one species of ant, Monomorium pharaonis: just make the ant reluctant to make sharp turns. If all branches from the trail home diverge at shallow angles, simply taking the path that is closest to your current trajectory will put you on the right track home. Clearly, that swift insight means I'm smarter than Richard Feynman. Of course, it also means that ants are simpler than Feynman expected, and my superiority is based on my ability to think more like an ant than Feynman, which does sort of diminish the accomplishment.

I doubt anyone else can really make a better joke about ants (certainly not Woody Allen).


  • thanks for the imdb link to clear up who woody allen is! :-D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, 28 July, 2005  

  • i'm sure those stupid christians will be persuaded by your mocking them and calling them stupid. and if that doesnt get through to them, remind christians that they fancy themselves superior to everyone else, and that this habit is most incorrect, evinced by that sound study published after the 2004 election that showed blue states had higher IQs than red states. enjoy being on the sidelines and agreeing with your similarly sidelined friends about how righteously intelligent you are

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, 28 July, 2005  

  • 1st Anon,

    I was reminding everyone of the thoroughly unfunny movie Antz. Not Woody Allen. But no one's heard from Allen in awhile, so maybe both reminders are in order.


    2nd Anon,

    Good point. Compelling and rich.

    Well, sir, I wasn't trying to convince Xtians of anything. It's pretty impossible to becuase they don't respond to rational thought and arguments that utilize, you know, facts.

    So, if I can't convert them, I'm pretty happy just making fun of them.

    By Blogger Arun, at Thursday, 28 July, 2005  

  • you dont seem to rely much on rational thought, and you know, facts either. in the case of evolution, i.e. a scientific idea, you'd be more likely to win converts by using rational arguments and, you know, facts than, you know, badgering your "opponents" and demeaning them, you know? people will believe creationism because it seems far more rational to them than the shittily articulated explanations of evolution (this applies less to you because you've said nothing about evolution and more a general indictment of american scientists). if you want to make a meaningful stand in this issue area, you should be prepared to develop and hash out the ideas of evolution (which include far more than simply Darwin and venture into population biology and game theory and more) and if you fail to do this, then you are simply one of the good men who choose to do nothing in the face of a nefarious and very appealing evil such as intelligent design/creationism.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, 28 July, 2005  

  • I assume you're the same Anonymous as previous.

    You're right. I take evolution as given. I have done the reading to back up my views.


    The job of convincing someone of the truth of evolution is better suited to a biologist blogger. Oh wait. Like PZ Myers of Pharyngula. Who I link to and hold in high esteem in order to get people that read my site to go to his site and educate themselves.

    Perhaps I am at a point where I know the ins-n-outs of evolution enough to combat silly ID distractions. Science is not my forte, but I'm no slouch.

    I do know for sure that Dr. Myers is passed said point, and he will do a much better job of convincing others since he has devoted his life to biology.

    And in the mean time I will make jokes at the expense of people who believe in silly things like organized religion.

    But thanks for the notes.

    By Blogger Arun, at Thursday, 28 July, 2005  

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