I go away for vacation, and the most interesting arguments always seem to break out (at least, no one can claim it’s my fault). Lost in the entire kerfuffle over whether or not science journalists are wackaloon idiot fucknozzles is the question of why did Johnson bash ERV in the first place.
Looking over ERV’s original post about Jablonski’s epigenetics SEED article, I can’t figure out what Johnson’s problem with it is: I had the exact same reaction when I received my copy of SEED. Birdsong is epigenetic? Huh?
Admittedly, ERV uses a lot of LOLspeak, but I’m actually parshull to lolspeak myself, although others aren’t. That doesn’t invalidate ERV’s point, however. If Johnson wants to call ERV names, fine. She’s a grownup and can handle it. But Johnson did make himself look like an asshole because he didn’t also rebut ERV’s argument.
I’ve never been big on arguments by authority, but, if you’re not a biologist, and you’re going to call a biologist names based on something the biologist said about biology, then you better have an argument.
Otherwise I get to call you a wackaloon idiot fucknozzle.
Back to vacationing.