Mike the Mad Biologist

I Always Did Like Roger Ebert

From the archives comes this post about movie critic Roger Ebert and the email he sent me.

A little while back, Roger Ebert wrote a column assailing Imax theaters for pulling movies that were about the origin of life, the origin of the universe, and evolution. I suggested that we should send him email and thank him for supporting science. Well, I did just that, and in my email In Box today was a reply from Ebert. Pretty damn cool.

To sum up, he says that he’s received a lot of (‘countless’) emails from creationists who use ridiculous arguments. The criticism he’s received the most is what he (and Dawkins) call the “Argument to Personal Incredulity”-”I can’t believe it, so it’s not possible.” In other words, it’s the common ID fallacy: I’m not smart enough to figure it out, so it must be intelligent design.

This comes hot on the heels of today’s Salon article about David Horowitz’s online “Guide to the Political Left.” According to Salon, “You just can’t separate Ebert from a terrorist like the blind sheik Rahman, Horowitz told me.” So if Ebert sends me an email, does that mean The Mad Biologist has links to terrorism? I’m sure if we put our brains together, we can connect to Kevin Bacon somehow…

An aside: Does anyone know what D. Ho thinks about evolution?

Comments

  1. #1 Avenel
    December 26, 2007

    From The Oracle of Bacon:

    Roger Ebert has a Bacon number of 2.
    Roger Ebert was in Welcome to Hollywood (2000) with Sandra Bullock
    Sandra Bullock was in Loverboy (2005) with Kevin Bacon

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