PZ (me me me) Myers
PZ Myers, an otherwise nondescript science professor at a Minnesota college closer to the Arctic Circle than Hollywood, has instead sought fame through a series of ongoing (and increasingly outlandish) public spectacles that he dutifully documents in his “science” blog, Pharyngula.
I’m not linking to his blog for the same reasons I don’t link to Rush Limbaugh (or Kirk Cameron). I suggest you get your fill of science news elsewhere, from people like Lawrence Krauss, Michael Shermer, James Randi, Richard Dawkins or Richard Wiseman, whose contributions to spreading the tenets of science, skepticism and reason make PZ’s sideshow act pale in comparison. They all have more interesting and relevant science content that PZ could ever hope for.
Whether one agrees with Mr. Myers point of view is irrelevant to the observation that his method of delivery often mixes the best aspects of a Barnum and Bailey sideshow act with the worst elements of a Pentecostal tent revival sermon. There’s never anything subtle in Myer’s attempts to grab the spotlight.
After all, who doesn’t enjoy seeing a picture of a fat man riding a plastic dinosaur? It’s not as funny as if he’d have just done a profile shot of himself sitting at his keyboard, but it caught enough attention to make people notice back at the time.
PZ Hit His Peak
Whether he’s debasing misappropriated Catholic communion wafers by crucifying them on discarded banana peels, or illegally sneaking a ride on the children’s fiberglass dinosaurs at Ken Ham’s Creation Science Museum (top) for a trendy photo-op, Mr Myers love of the spotlight is a compulsion of his that’s hard to miss.
Those Were The Good Old Days
To be fair, the events highlighted above are rapidly receding into the past, nearly as forgotten as the torture regime Bush installed into our military operations manual. The glow of glory Mr Myers basked in during those heady days of open apostacy are fading. He’s gotten rather complacent and a little lazy, sitting around with the girls of #AtheismPlus (aka American Girlyban) where he’s hand fed grapes and fanned by drooling Skepchicks.
A man tends to lose his edge if he spends every weekend braiding hair and painting the toenails of fawning college groupies. Whocouldanode?
Have You Read PZ’s Book?
Myers’ first book, The Only Happy Atheist, will be published by Random House in August, 2013. He’d certainly have gotten more traction with it if he’d released it back when he was considered relevant, but back then there were grapes to eat and toenails to be painted. Cut the guy some slack ferchrissakes! I’m sure he has been wondering how he could grab another five minutes of fame to coincide with his book release, and given the fact that Geraldo Rivera already unearthed Al Capone’s vault (or was it Truman Capote’s?), PZ’s options are limited.
Rather than grab a shovel and go in search of Jimmy Hoffa (might get sweaty), PZ has apparently settled on a new media strategy involving making unsubstantiated claims of serial rape against Michael Shermer. After a similar attack on the character of Lawrence Krauss (by one of his American Girlyban minion) was brought to the attention of Mr. Krauss’ attorney a few weeks ago, the Free Thought Bog bullies were forced to refocus their attempts to defame a different detractor of their so-called new atheist movement.
In the instance of the misguided attack on Mr. Krauss, the offending content containing the slanderous innuendos about him was pulled off the Heretics Website where they were originally posted because they violated heretic’s guidelines. Holy shit, how far have you fallen when your content is considered too heretical for a heretic publication?
The terrorists at the American Girlyban headquarters in Morris Minnesota, just smart enough to be able to read a cease and desist order, had to find another patsy posthaste.
Mr. Shermer just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Richard Dawkins made the simple mistake of calling out Rebecca Watson for her lunatic rantings back during Elevatorgate. Mr. Shermer, as of late, has been fairly critical of the #Atheismplus movement himself. Under the rules that the #atheismplus movement has adopted (from Scientology), Mr. Shermer is now fair game. PZ has a book to sell.