Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Baseball Bat Needed

Another day, another set of persistent falsehoods:

  • Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene does not advance the theory that humans are genetically selfish. I don't have my copy of the book with me, but I question whether this idiotic meme can withstand perusal of the book's cover -- I suspect reading anything on or inside the book beyond the title and "by Richard Dawkins" would lead immediately away from this interpretation. And yet David Brooks has managed to throw this straw-man interpretation into the public again (albeit indirectly), and in the supposedly reputable pages of the New York Times to boot. Don't newspapers rather famously have editors? [Update: John at Obscene Desserts has taken a very sharp scalpel to Brooks's mess.]
  • Barack Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. Repeat: Barack Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. That "people are entitled to their opinions" is an oft-heard bit of cant, but believing that which is demonstrably false entitles one, sooner or later, to a padded room, strong medications, and little more. But let us never underestimate the perverse, willful ignorance of The American Voter! Does Obama need to literally dress the Christian pastor, "Reverend" Wright, in an albatross costume and walk around joined to him with a big necklace to demonstrate his Christian bona fides?
  • Hillary Clinton's victory over Barack Obama in West Virginia suggests nothing -- nothing -- about a hypothetical Clinton/McSame contest in West Virginia half a year from now. Furthermore, Hillary Clinton's victory over Barack Obama in West Virginia suggests nothing -- nothing -- about a hypothetical Obama/McSame contest in West Virginia half a year from now.
Sigh. As Robert De Niro as Al Capone ranted in The Untouchables, so I rant: "I want these falsehoods dead. I want their families dead." This blog is a baseball bat. Have I brought a knife to a gun fight, so to speak?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What's the problem with neural buddhism? It's a step away from blind faith. It also works.