You’re not helping has proven its analytical illiteracy and disregard for reason and truth in a rather ironic way: By demonstrating biased ‘reasoning’ and ad hominem argument in a blog post about how another blog is not really a science blog.
Some time ago they selected Why Evolution is True as a blog they hate, regardless of what happens there. (This is how You’re Not Helping blog operates: purely ad hominem, or in this case, a bloginem … if you are “PZ Myers” or “WEIT” or “Ophelia Benson” or, remarkably, “Greg Laden” then you’re wrong no matter what you said. They give other reasons, and occasionally “agree” (half heartedly) but their inconsistency of argument with their consistency of target choice shows us that they know these entities are deemed wrong before inspecting the arguments being made. And, when someone point out their tactics, the are labeled as conspiracy theorists, which, again, marks their arguments as invalid because of who … the conspiracy theorist … makes the argument. But I digress.)
Anyway, in a recent blog post, “REAL education about science and evolution and biology…”, they claim that WEIT blog is not really doing any important blogging about science because over the last 6 months, that blog has posted over 200 posts that deal with other topics.
This is the same stupid argument — the same utterly incomprehensibly moronic “Where did I leave my brain cells dumb” argument — that was made about THIS blog a couple of years ago and squashed by a guest post called “How much science does a science blog blog ….?” on GLB written by Stephanie Zvan.
This is not hard. Imagine two blogs. Blog A and Blog B. Blog A puts out a science post every day. Blog B puts out two science posts a year. Which one puts out more science posts? Blog A.
According to the logic You’re Not Helping Blog is using, the number of science posts Blog A is putting out would become LESS than the number
Blog B is putting out if you add two non-science posts a day to Blog A. By adding non-science posts, according to You’re Not Helping, the actual science posts disappear.
Isn’t that interesting? I call this “situational reality.”
The graph used in the You’re Not Helping blog post to demonstrate this indicates the anti WEIT bias that the You’re Not Helping authors clearly have, and renders their post, and in fact their opinion on most matters, irrelevant. On that graph, the non-science posts are called “Ramblings” a generally derogatory term when speaking of someone’s writing.
It is a nice looking graph, though.
They also miss the point that there IS a link between science and atheism (and skepticism etc.). Yes, yes, yes, there are Catholic skeptics and scientists who are not atheists and atheists who believe in stupid shit and so on and so forth. The link need not be a simple one-to-one correlation to be real and meaningful. And, this link renders many of these “ramblings” as a valid part of a “science blog” … not necessary in a science blog but common in many.
What gets the You’re Not Helping Troll’s attention and makes them yell at you? You fail to follow the rules they’ve set for what a blog does. Are their efforts ever worth it? Or does their ham handed effort to tell the rest of us what to say and not say do more harm than good? Isn’t there a way to have this conversation in a way that is more productive and less obnoxious?
I mentioned “melt down” in the title of this post. I went to look at what kind of stupid shit You’re Not Helping was slinging today, and found this post demonstrating their spectacular ignorance and astonishing bias. I thought I’d add a link to Stephanie’s post in the comments and compliment them on their nice graph. But when I went to the bottom of the comment thread I saw that it was closed. Apparently, the comments have become out of control.
Hey, can that whole blog be submitted to the “FAILBLOG” site?
Oh, and Polly-O, in answer to your question: Because whenever the You’re Not Helping authors seem to visit a blog site, they seem to be doing it from a University of Alabama IP address. So it is a reasonable guess that there is a link between the University of Alabama and the You’re Not Helping web site. Alabama. Figures.
Just a guess, of course. Ask, grasshopper, and you shall be given an answer. And by grasshopper, I mean sock puppet. Just a guess, of course.
The blog post in question is here. Have a look, but they are not interested in your comments.