When the hell was someone going to tell me John Lynch is Irish?
Me: WTF! Youre Irish?!?
John (in an Irish accent):… I dont type with an accent…
Me: I DO DANG NABBIT!
No one told me John was such a great presenter, either (Irish accent helped with that). A perfect combination of ‘funny’ and ‘facts’.
My favorite funny, paraphrased: “There are no such thing as ‘Darwinists’. Its just a pejorative used by Creationists cause it sounds like ‘MARXISTS!’, and it makes it seem like scientists are in this big cult where we all gather on Darwins birthday to sing songs and eat cake… *trails off cause they just ate a ‘Happy Birthday Darwin’ cake*… LOL!”
Favorite fact: Dang! All of them! I honestly dont know jack shit about history-of-science, even the history of ‘Darwins’ ideas. So I was coming to this presentation pretty much as an ‘intermediate’ layman, and I could follow along and learned lots of cool stuff. Johns talk was just great! YAY!
Least favorite part: One word– PARADIGM. My usual rule is to shoot-on-site anyone who uses that word. I gave John a pass this time because he used it in a historical sense and not ‘for real’… this time…
So if you are a science group or Uni looking for a ‘history of Darwin’ speaker, I dont know if you could do better than John. It was just fantastic.
BUT, the non-John-Talk stuff last night was also pretty dang fun!
1– Got to hang out with awesome pro-science Oklahomans, including ERV reader Ray, who helpfully took a pic of me and John for our blags. Thanks Ray!
Unfortunately, the campus police, like, kicked us out of the auditorium ~5 minutes after Johns talk was over. They gave us ~10 minutes in the foyer, then they kicked us out of there. WTF? Im sure they were ‘just doing their job’, but I was annoyed.
2– You will never guess who was in the audience last night.
Youll never guess.
He was like, 3 rows ahead of me. It might have been some other fellow who was unfortunate enough to look exactly like a Creationist whackaloon, but that guy is *kinda* hard to miss. LOL! There were other Creationists in the audience I recognized, but none of them asked John any questions.
3– Speaking of pussies, especially the cottage cheese dripping kind, I learned some fun stuff about the OU IDEA necromancer, Ray Martin (did Dave Scott have a kid?!?). Under the guise of ‘Oklahoma Daily Editorial Board’, he wrote a nice little article for Oklahoma Daily smearing two kick-ass OU professors, Dr. Broughton and Vic Hutchison (a commentor here). The ‘article’ reads like a DI press release from EN&V. If youre sick of Rho, go have fun in the comment section.
Which brings me back to Johns presentation. John referred to Senate Bill 320, nutter attempt #298563 to get Creationism in school. In the Q&A, John was like “40% of Americans think the Sun revolves around the Earth. We have a lot of things we need to change in science education. The ‘changes’ in Senate Bill 320 aint it.”