Nature Gives Top Blog Honors to Radical Atheists
P. Z. Myers (U of Minnesota) has been one of the most foul-mouthed critics of creation, intelligent design and religion in general. He has said that Abraham was worse than Hitler (see Evolution News). He has ridiculed the crucifixion of Christ (see Evolution News). His opinion on how to treat anti-evolutionists: “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” (see Evolution News). Yet this man’s blog, Pharyngula, was given top honors by Nature in its list of the Top 5 Science blogs on the Internet. Second with the silver medal was Panda’s Thumb, another strongly anti-ID blog to which Myers also contributes. Once he responded on Panda’s Thumb about the stridency of his remarks: “Please don’t try to tell me that you object to the tone of our complaints,” he retorted. “Our only problem is that we aren’t martial enough, or vigorous enough, or loud enough, or angry enough. The only appropriate responses should involve some form of righteous fury, much butt-kicking, and the public firing and humiliation of some teachers, many schoolboard members, and vast numbers of sleazy far-right politicians.”
Now you know where Nature’s heart is. It has not changed much since it originated as Darwin’s mouthpiece in 1867 (see 03/04/2004 commentary), except that before the Darwin Party gained absolute power, they had to talk nicer and pretend to be interested in truth. This does not disparage the many working scientists who submit their papers faithfully for publication to as wide an audience as possible when they have done good lab work in their specialty, but it shows you the mindset of the editorial board. If they endorse this kind of attitude as the way to carry on scientific discussions of controversial issues, do they have a case?