16 Aug – No Lies and No Science

I hide I seek and I find
Truth in a fable faith in a rhyme

Final Tally:

Last Two Days: 0 science-related posts, 2 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 86 science-related posts, 246  non-science posts.

26% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Last Two Days: 0 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 88 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

14 Aug – Pot, Meet Ket…Err…PZ Myers

No lies today, but PZ told a whopper of another kind. We’re a fact-checking site and not in the business of checking PZ Myers’s opinions, but sometimes he writes something so incredible we feel compelled to cover it. Please bear with us as we dissect this paragraph. The good bits are in bold:

What’s also sad about it is that overall, any kind of organized skepticism/atheism is on the decline. There are fewer meetings, attendance is down, and part of the reason for that is that any time someone sets themselves up as a Thought Leader, we know they’re going to fall and fall hard. We’re not going to have the equivalent of megachurches because authority must always be challenged, and human individuals are intrinsically imperfect. Humans also tend to overreach and grasp for more authority than they can handle.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/08/14/when-you-put-it-that-way/

The blog post this snippet is pulled from discusses the Atheist Community of Austin, which PZ recently banned and removed from Free Thought Blogs. We’ve been following that kerfuffle, of course, because we follow PZ Myers, but we never found any lies so we didn’t cover it here at PZWatch.

In his post, PZ describes the split as a collapse of credibility and links approvingly to another FTB post, but he never describes the core issue – alleged transphobia – in any detail. The post he links to doesn’t do that, either, instead linking to another blog post calling one of the members a “transphobe.” That post doesn’t provide any evidence, either, linking instead to another post supposedly containing this by now curiously absent proof.

But that post doesn’t explain the transphobia, either.

Is your head starting to spin a little? The Atheist Community of Austin is apparently run by transphobes but no one wants to document the transphobia and lay it out for a curious reader. Does this sound like, maybe, a “Thought Leader” has decreed someone is a criminal without any evidence to support it? Does it sound like PZ is trying to build a big tent of atheists at FTB who consistently challenge the authority of the intrinsically imperfect people in charge?

Of course not.

We almost choked on our latte when we read sentences in bold, because they describe PZ Myers perfectly. Pharyngula is a (tiny) version of a Megachurch with PZ as its prophet, asserting claims without evidence and banning people who have the temerity to challenge those claims. He has overreached, attempting to impose his version of social justice on the atheist and skeptical community, causing the movement to schism and splinter.

But, perhaps the most ironic thing of all – PZ is a socialist. If he actually thinks humans are imperfect and tend to grab more authority than they can handle, then why does he want to give them absolute control over his life?

We know PZ Myers can be an intelligent, thoughtful person, but sometimes we wonder if he ever thinks very deeply about some of the bullshit he writes.

Final Tally:

Last Two Days: 0 science-related posts, 5 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 86 science-related posts, 238  non-science posts.

26% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Last Two Days: 0 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 87 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

11 Aug – No Lies!

My God, it’s full of stars.

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science-related posts, 3 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 85 science-related posts, 224 non-science posts.

27% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 84 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

9 Aug – No Lies!

You’re so vain. You probably think this song is about you.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related post, 3 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 84 science-related posts, 218 non-science posts.

28% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 84 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

7 Aug – No Lies!

Step out the front door like a ghost into a fog where no one notices the contrast of white on white.

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science-related posts, 2 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 82 science-related posts, 212 non-science posts.

28% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 81 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

2 Aug – No Lies!

Talk among yourselves.

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts, 4 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 78 science-related posts, 196 non-science posts.

28% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 78 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

25 July – No Lies

Smoke ’em if you got ’em.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related post, 3 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 65 science-related posts, 163 non-science posts.

28% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 69 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

20 July – No Lies! And PZ’s Mission Statement Says Nothing About Truth

No lies to report from Pharyngula today, but in response to a dustup involving the Atheist Community of Austin and a blog called the Atheist Experience – a dustup which has nothing to do with Atheism – PZ Myers decided to repost the ironically named FreeThoughBlogs Mission statement.

Freethoughtblogs is an open platform for freethought writers. We are skeptics and critics of dogma and authoritarianism, and in addition, we recognize that the nonexistence of deities entails a greater commitment to human values, and in particular, an appreciation of human diversity and equality.
We are for feminism, against racism, for diversity, against inequity. Our network of blogs is designed to encourage independent thinking and individual autonomy — freethoughtblogs.com is a vehicle for giving vocal secularists a venue for discussion of their values and interests.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/07/20/the-atheist-community-of-austin-has-drifted-out-of-sync-with-ftb/

We here at PZWatch are fully compatible with that mission statement, but something tells us PZ wouldn’t give us a venue to discuss our interests.

We’d read the statement before – we considered including it as a Great Big Lie, because PZ and the other bloggers there are purveyors of dogma and authoritarianism on many different levels – but something struck us about it this time around. It doesn’t say anything about truth.

Maybe we’re being too hard on PZ. Maybe he doesn’t really care about truth, even though he says he does in other contexts. Maybe someone who has him on their YouTube show could ask.

We’d like to know the answer.

Final Tally:

Today: 1 science-related post, 3 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 55 science-related posts, 147 non-science posts.

27% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies – it’s been 2 days since his last lie.

Since 30 May 19: 61 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

19 July – A Little Less Lying and a Little More Science

There were two less lies on Pharyngula today, which is to say there were none.

So, we’re out.

Final Tally:

Today: 2 science-related posts, 1 post on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 54 science-related posts, 144 non-science posts.

27% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 0 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 61 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.