7 Sep – PZ Refuses To Give Us A Day Off

We were hoping for a day off yesterday, but PZ Myers squashed that idea with a silly lie about Elon Musk. He does the same thing today, trying to beat up on Michael Shermer for exposing someone’s fraudulent credentials.

If that last sentence doesn’t make sense, then welcome to PZ’s world. Don’t stay very long, you’ll likely go batty.

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

 But I would have sailed right over [Glynn’s writing], because his work was all bumblingly ideological and built on evolutionary psychology BS…To his slight credit, Shermer exposed the guy as a fraud. He became suspicious, not when Glynn submitted glib garbage to his magazine, but when Glynn asked for a loan. You can lie about science all you want, but when you start eyeballing a right-winger’s wallet, their ultra-sensitive sensors start pinging.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/09/07/a-remarkably-delicious-expose/

Facts:

PZ is commenting on an expose written by Michael Shermer about a writer named John Anthony Glynn. According to Shermer, Glynn:

had four articles published in Skeptic and eSkeptic (the online edition of print Skeptic). While we edited and fact-checked his articles, we did not verify his biographical claims and we were duped.

https://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/john-glynn-journalist-academic-fraud-exposed/

Shermer published four articles by Glynn in total:

  • “Guns and Games: The Relationship Between Violent Video Games and Gun Crimes in America” (print Skeptic, Vol. 21, No. 1)
  • “1984 in 2019: The New Privacy Threat from China’s Social Credit Surveillance System” (print Skeptic, Vol. 24, No. 2)
  • “Concept Creep and the Policing of Words” (online only, removed)
  • “Why People Die by Suicide” (online only, removed)

PZ lies twice in the snippet above. In the first, he claims that Gynn’s writing was all “built on evolutionary psychology.” This appears to be a lie. None of the four articles published by Skeptic Magazine appear to have their origins in evolutionary psychology, however we will admit that we have not read the articles and likely never will, given that Shermer has pulled them from his website.

Again, we haven’t read the articles so we can’t directly fact-check them, but here’s the thing: neither has PZ Myers. He admits in the snippet above that even if he’d seen Glynn’s work, he would have “sailed right over it.” PZ has no idea whether Glynn “lied about science” in his articles, he just makes that up out of thin air.

Analysis:

PZ loves to criticize Michael Shermer, mostly because he has the temerity to disagree with PZ’s evangelical progressive political positions. That’s what this is all about. If the Huffington Post (for whom Glynn also wrote) or Skepchick or someone else on the far left had ferreted out his fraud, PZ would have treated the matter quite differently. But, Shermer figured it out instead and did the right thing by exposing Glynn’s fraud.

PZ gives Shermer “slight credit” for doing so, and we wonder how hard it was for him to force his fingers to type that sentence. We know, given his track record, how easy it is for him to lie.

We also found the end of Shermer’s expose quite interesting:

In addition to its threat to pollute the credence of Skeptic — and intellectual discourse more broadly — such acts undercut the integrity of journalism and academia in general because falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus — false in one thing, false in everything

https://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/john-glynn-journalist-academic-fraud-exposed/

Do you think PZ Myers believes in this principle?

We don’t.

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science-related posts, 4 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 100 science-related posts, 326 non-science posts.

23% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie

Since 30 May 19: 114 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

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