10 June 2019 – Two More Lies and a Little More Science

A couple days ago, when we noted a PZ Myers lie about undermining capitalism, we quoted him saying this:

“One of the ways we’re undermining capitalism, at least, is that we avoid prepared foods even more. I’ve been getting hunks of raw vegetables and doing all the cooking myself.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/08/stop-eating-now/

At the time, we thought to ourselves, “PZ must be on the paleo diet,” because the diet advocates avoiding prepared foods and eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables.

We were wrong.

PZ can’t stand the paleo diet – or perhaps doesn’t understand what it is – and that leads us to our first lie of the day.

PZ Myers Lie:

“I keep hearing about this imaginary paleolithic diet, and I wonder how they know, and also find it strange that there was apparently one people a [sic] 100,000 years ago, and they all ate the same things. Everything about it seems wrong.”

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/10/what-paleo-diet/

Facts:

Like most things that PZ disagrees with, he doesn’t know much about the Paleolithic diet and doesn’t portray it in anything close to a truthful manner. The diet isn’t based on what people ate 100,000 years, but rather on the diets of contemporary hunter-gatherer societies.

Here’s National Geographic Magazine describing how the diet came about:

“After studying the diets of living hunter-gatherers and concluding that 73 percent of these societies derived more than half their calories from meat, [Loren] Cordain came up with his own Paleo prescription: Eat plenty of lean meat and fish but not dairy products, beans, or cereal grains—foods introduced into our diet after the invention of cooking and agriculture.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/evolution-of-diet/

The Paleo diet isn’t based on a single diet, as PZ claimed. It’s not based on what people ate 100,000 years ago. And it doesn’t assume people all eat the same things. Everything about PZ’s description of this diet seems wrong to him because everything about it is wrong. And it’s yet another PZ Myers lie.

Analysis:

We have no idea why PZ has chosen the Paleo diet as a target for his uninformed ridicule, but we think it might have something to do with Jordan Peterson. Along with his daughter, Peterson has adopted a meat-only diet that helps address the health concerns they both share. PZ is merciless when ridiculing Peterson about this diet, and we’re not quite sure why he does that, either. But it’s something we’ll keep our eye on moving forward.

PZ Myers Lie #2:

“I’m kind of sympathetic to the idea of the big tech companies getting taken down a notch, but not because of the imaginary threat of vaccines or cellular networks or chemtrails or chemotherapy — but because they’ve evolved monopoly power.” 

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/06/10/free-speech-is-in-danger-call-out-the-military/

Facts:

It’s hard to get a precise handle on PZ’s claim here, because he uses the term “big tech companies” without specifying which companies he’s talking about, but we feel safe in saying there are not multiple tech companies who have monopoly power over anything. The only single example we could think of is Amazon and books and even that power, as we understand it, is beginning to wane.

The three tech companies PZ is most likely talking about in this post are Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. They’re the only ones named at the beginning of the post. To say that each of them – or all of them together – has monopoly power strains the meaning of that term to the breaking point. All of them are powerful companies competing for users and ad revenue with each other, as well as dozens or hundreds of smaller, lesser known companies. They also compete with media organizations and television studios and movie producers and other technology companies like Apple. In no way do any of these tech companies meet the threshold of being a monopoly power.

Analysis:

Just two days ago on PZWatch, we reported on the fact that PZ Myers in no uncertain terms wants to overthrow capitalism. We think this is why he goes out of his way to lie about companies achieving monopoly power. Monopolies, in his mind, are an inevitable outcome of capitalism and – we assume this is his line of thinking – the more monopolies there are the sooner the people will rise up and overthrow their capitalistic masters.

Or something.

We haven’t read too many coherent thoughts about economics on Pharyngula so we’re not entirely sure what PZ is up to.

Except lying.

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts and 4 posts on other stuff.

Since 30 May 19: 11 science-related posts, 39 non-science posts.

22% of PZ’s posts on a “science blog” have been about science. 

Today: 2 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 18 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.