How to be Boring and Angry at the Same Time

Here is PZ Myer’s speech to the “Reason Rally.”

Feel free to watch it if you want.  But word of warning.  If you play it in the background, use caution while operating machinery or heavy equipment.  It’s really that boring. 

Myers tries to be funny, but his jokes get only scattered laughter. To really connect with the crowd of rationalists, Myers draws upon simple-minded cliche after cliche (even to the point of railing against politicians). He ends his rambling speech by noting how he sees signs that say we can be good without God. He then claims that we don’t get change by being nice. So he asks the crowd to join him in “being BAAD without God.” It gets some applause, but the guy in the blue poncho who unintentionally co-stars in this video just looks relieved that the trainwreck is over.

Anyway, it looks like Myers is trying to move his Bad Boy internet image into the real world. Gook luck with that one.

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3 Responses to How to be Boring and Angry at the Same Time

  1. Bilbo says:

    I’ll take your word for it on this one, Mike. I only get an hour on the internet at the library. I have plenty of time to be bored at home.

  2. bbrown1 says:

    I took the time to watch this all the way through.

    So much to unpack here. I will try to give just a few initial impressions……..

    I have to agree with Michael’s summary: “Boring and Angry”.

    We are watching a very angry man. He is honest about his wrath and appropriately states the fact right up front. He seems obsessed with a few things…..

    One is sex, or at least the sex without accountability or responsibility. This certainly reinforces what we all know to be a foundational underpining and motivation of the secular scientfic rationalist mind – the libertine sexual freedom theme. If you unpack the layers, this is so often what lies at the bottom and motivates almost all they say and do.

    Secondly, is the obsessive anger at God, who, they clearly seem to believe in. His existence is just assumed by everything he said.

    Third is an embarassingly profound ignorance of history, philosophy, science, theology, political theory. It’s an almost complete unawareness of thousands of years of learning. The dogmatism and truly blind faith statements that he makes are so dumb as to strick me as rather funny. It’s very sad I think. He misrepresents Christianity, makes one long string of false assertions, and commits a number of classical logical fallacies. Just say it’s true and we’re supposed to believe it. No evidence required (“millions will die”?). As long as there’s malice and hate we can get some nods and applause.

    This is a man driven to intellectual incoherence by hateful emotion. His parting advice: “Be bad without God”.

  3. Michael says:

    This certainly reinforces what we all know to be a foundational underpining and motivation of the secular scientfic rationalist mind – the libertine sexual freedom theme. If you unpack the layers, this is so often what lies at the bottom and motivates almost all they say and do.

    Good point. We can also see this theme in the schism that is behind the scenes – the battle that revolves around accusations of sexism.

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