I’ve been targeted by KotakuInAction, that wretched hive of gamergate villainy. My crime? I reviewed Greta Christina’s book, Bending, without declaring that she was a writer on “MY” network. It’s a silly complaint, but the funniest thing is how much the gamergaters get wrong.
I lost track of how many outright fabrications and errors there were in these comments…without even counting the fact that they spelled my name three different ways.
They also advance various conspiracy theories, like that we put up “Jen MccReight” as a figurehead while we masterminded the nefarious deeds of the group.
I’m still trying to figure out how creating an online forum gives us the power to blacklist all of atheism we don’t like. Or how that would affect people who don’t subscribe to the forum.
That other camp of enemies (there are many camps besieging me; I see their campfires flickering in the night), the Intelligent Design wackos, are whining about Larry Moran and his authority — they also drag in me and just about every other biology blogger who criticizes ID. We apparently don’t count unless we’re publishing cutting edge research in evolutionary theory all the time. Not that they have to do likewise.
The big problem with their argument, I think, is that they’re overstating the difficulty of their arguments. You don’t need to be the World’s Greatest Scientist to see through the bullshit ID is peddling; basic competence in one’s field and a little familiarity with creationist arguments is sufficient to equip one with everything necessary to knock ’em down time and again. You really don’t need a top-flight cardiac surgeon to put a band-aid on a boo-boo, and you don’t need to be publishing 40 papers a year in Nature to tear apart the follies of creationism.
In fact, what’s most useful in preparing to deal with creationists is an active teaching career. A research career prepares you to address a narrow topic in great depth; teaching helps you acquire the breadth of knowledge you need to correct ignorant flibbertigibbets.