Hands down, the most memorable phrase spoken by DR. Charles Jackson at our ‘debate’ tonight.
It was a ton of fun, you guys! Might be a few days before the video is up, but it was fun! Few short comments before I get to sleep (1 hour of presentations, 2.5 of Q&A, Im seepy).
1. Jackson couldnt have illustrated the parrot-nature of Creationists any better. After I talked about an endogenization event in lemurs (theres more to the story, I blag about it soon!), part of Jacksons rebuttal was reading sentences from the papers I had just talked about 2 minutes earlier. He didnt understand a word he was repeating, to the point he didnt know that I had just paraphrased it! HA!
2. Jackson is a complete and utter douchbag. To the point I was *this* close to just walking off the stage in the Q&A. Okay, when you are taking Q&A from a general audience, you are going to get a wide range of questions from people– duh. While I fielded questions on ‘sea shells on mountains’ and ‘the second law of thermodynamics’ and ‘we have a snake that isnt venomous anymore but its still just a snake!’ with a smile and congeniality, Jackson was being a complete douchbag to people with… different… questions. One ‘different’ question was actually a really cool idea, Carl Sagan said something along the lines that if an alien species came here, they probably couldnt eat us because they would probably be made of different amino acids. From an evolutionary perspective, we all share amino acids (ie we can eat fish!) because we all evolved from an organism that used those same amino acids. Why wouldnt a god have made organisms from different amino acids– ie, kosher laws are easy, we cant digest shrimp or pork anymore! Dont need to worry about getting eaten by a shark, they cant digest us! Jackson laughed at him “WHO THINKS THAT IDEA MAKES ANY SENSE?? HUH??” He looks at me, I hold back flipping him off, “HUH??! SEE!”
3. Jackson made a big to-do about how I dont consider him a scientist. I dont consider kids disecting a frog scientists. He might be interested in science, and the kids might one day become scientists, but a professional scientist is a very specific profession. He thought that was ‘elitist’, I was like ‘Yeah, it is. Thats a good thing. I like my elite physicians. I like elite airplane mechanics. Elitism is a sign of expertise!’ Weeeeell he has more respect for KIDS INTELLECT than I do… but he has no problem ridiculing people for asking questions (see #2, lol!). He really hated the fact kids had to learn basics. He thought the basics were boring. Well, honey, kids dont sit down at a piano and play Rachmaninoff. They have to play scales. They have to play etudes. Its boring. But thats how you get gud, honey.
4. Always true phrases:
- Never count a man dead till you see his body with your own eyes. And even then, dont be so sure.
- Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
- Never get in a scientific debate with a cute, sweet chick with ‘SCIENCE!’ plastered across her boobs.
5. Im not saying Ted Haggard. Im sayin ‘weird’. Theyre related, but different.