A friend tells me there is quite the kadiddle going on over at Darwinist Web sites on account of PZ Myers getting the bum’s rush out of the recent Expelled screening.
And he wasn”t let in even though Richard Dawkins, also sneaking around, was let in and introduced.
What, I wonder, did Dawkins say?
Hi, I’m Richard Dawkins and, even though I live in Oxford, England, I just happened to be skulking around here this evening, so I …. (?)
Gotta admire his initiative though. Rats, I can’t get a DVD out of the Expelled myself, and their show won’t open in Canada till way later than the States’ kickoff.
I didn’t think of trying to sneak into a US showing because I am currently dealing with a relevant but not directly related problem.
From what Bruce Chapman says, it’s no wonder, Dawkins snuck in. I suppose he couldn’t resist finding out which profiles of himself had been used.
But now, about PZ: Isn’t he the guy who said:
The only appropriate response should involve some form of righteous fury, much butt-kicking, and the public firing of some teachers, many school board members, and vast numbers of sleazy, far-right politicians … I say, screw the polite words and careful rhetoric. It’s time for scientists to break out the steel-toed boots and brass knuckles, and get out there and hammer on the lunatics and idiots.
In my view, the Expelled guys should have let PZ in as Exhibit A of the problem that Expelled was meant to address.
I say this as the journalist who filed the story from a hotel room in Seattle last August.
That said, PZ doesn’t really have a problem just because he wasn’t let into the film. You see, it doesn’t MATTER whether he sees the film or not.
I tried. I really, honestly, sincerely tried. I’ve been struggling with this book, The Spiritual Brain: A neuroscientist’s case for the existence of the soul, by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary, for the past week and a half, and I’ve finally decided it’s not worth the effort. It’s just about completely unreadable.
He trashed our book without reading it. So presumably he can trash a film without seeing it, can’t he?
How much more difficult is that?
Also, since I am here anyway, at the Mindful Hack (the blog that supports The Spiritual Brain) :
Religion in the United States: Cool new mythbuster tool
Forensic audit clears prayer palace
Neuroscience: ID-friendly neurosurgeon uses design inference
Neuroscience: Beware the evil moron neuron defense!
Amateur atheism? Religion prof says it is best left to the pros (and he DOESN’T mean Richard Dawkins)