UK biologist & writer. Science, the poetry of reality. Good-humoured ridicule of religions. RTs don't imply endorsement, nor exhaustive research of tweeter's CV
They hijacked not only “Theory” but “Social Justice”. Morphed from something clearly good (justice for underprivileged) to a daft & sinister quasi-religion (science & rationality a white male plot; only whites can be racist & all whites are; “cancel” all dissent as heresy, etc)
Pluckrose & Lindsay bend over backwards to be fair to fashionable metaclaptrap, bend so far that the chapters in which they expound those confused “ideas” are in danger of sounding as boringly obscure as the originals. That all changes in the superb concluding critical chapters
A random e-mail today caused me to remember PZ Myers’ splendid 2006 “Courtier’s Reply”. It really is a brilliant piece of satirical writing, well worth looking up if you don’t know it.
"There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god” (JBS Haldane)
I contributed the Foreword to Jeff Hawkins’ landmark new book A Thousand Brains, A New Theory of Intelligence which goes on sale today. Anyone interested in brains, AI, & humanity’s future should read it. In my Foreword, I said the book is brilliant & exhilarating. I meant it.
Saw a down-and-out in Seattle last night. His sign said not "I need food" or "I need a job" but "I need a fat bitch". What could this mean?
There there, I do understand, taking away your guns is like taking away your Comfort Blanky. You’ll feel bereaved. Tell you what, though. We know how to deal with bereavement. We’ll send you our thoughts and prayers. Then you’ll feel better.
“Ashamed to be American?” Don’t be. The majority of you voted against this narcissistic, xenophobic, vainglorious, ignorant 2-year-old.