Pharyngula

Terminology corrected

Apparently, I’ve been labeling the Discovery Institute incorrectly all these years. It’s not a think-tank, it’s a belief tank.

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Comments

  1. #1 Tony P
    January 28, 2007

    Every now and then Trudeau gets nails it and this cartoon proves it.

    I checked urbandictionary.com and it isn’t there yet. I’ll have to enter it.

  2. #2 Tyson Burghardt
    January 28, 2007

    If it’s like any other library Bush will never enter it to read anything anyway.

  3. #3 terry
    January 28, 2007

    hmmmm, wonder if I substitute “belief” for “think” in everyday life, things will go better for me?

    “I ‘believe’ in the structure of this database, so the flaws you point out are irrelevant!”

    might make things a whole lot simpler.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    January 28, 2007

    “Belief Tank” is brilliant. Add one to the lexicon.

    The genious here is in what Trudeau did not say. “Faith Tank” is not as biting and clear. “Faith Tank” is not cynical enough and could even catch on. “Belief Tank” is a timeless up-yourx.

  5. #5 RobertC
    January 28, 2007

    Think tank, belief tank….ehh…..I’d go with septic tank

  6. #6 Michael Bains
    January 28, 2007

    I had to post on that one, as well.

    I show the first two panes though, just because the Haliburton dig is head-shakingly funny enough in its own right.

  7. #7 llewelly
    January 28, 2007

    When will Micheal Shermer organize a doubt tank?

  8. #8 Roadtripper
    January 28, 2007

    If this ‘belief tank’ thing catches on, the believers will probably refer to think tanks which oppose their ideals as ‘skeptic tanks.’

  9. #9 Bobryuu
    January 28, 2007

    That half-a-billion dollar cost (after some research to determine its truth) makes me physically sick to my stomach; almost more so than that mint hot chocolate after a bottle of Newcastle did.

  10. #10 K. Patrick Glover
    January 28, 2007

    I’ve always found it interesting that the word “lie” is dead center in the middle of the word “believe”. I guess in “belief” it’s a little off center.

  11. #11 BlueIndependent
    January 28, 2007

    Right-wing think tanks house some level of doubt about the policies they advocate? That’s odd. They sure don’t act like it.

  12. #12 Graculus
    January 28, 2007

    If this ‘belief tank’ thing catches on, the believers will probably refer to think tanks which oppose their ideals as ‘skeptic tanks.’

    We’ve already marked that as our territory

    I mean, you didn’t think something that obvious would already be taken?

  13. #13 Keanus
    January 28, 2007

    Consider that Bush’s library will be the ultimate in contradictions. A library to honor a man who loudly proclaims he doesn’t read and basis his decisions on beliefs and faith with little if any reference to rational thought. It does seem entirely appropriate that it might host a “belief tank”, who’s specialty will undoubtedly be truthiness.

    Interestingly the part of the faculty at SMU which is most opposed to the library being sited at SMU is the theology faculty. Those religious have a much different take on beleifs than Bush.

  14. #14 Kristine
    January 28, 2007

    Who goes to those presidential libraries anyway?

    In the meantime, the EPA is destroying its libraries of environmental and historical data needed by climate scientists.

  15. #15 Ed Darrell
    January 28, 2007

    I’ve always found it interesting that the word “lie” is dead center in the middle of the word “believe”. I guess in “belief” it’s a little off center.

    Copyright that line, quick! There’s a poster there for sure, and maybe a bumper sticker.

  16. #16 Alon Levy
    January 28, 2007

    Every think tank is a belief tank, by that definition. The stuff the AEI churns out isn’t any more rigorous than the stuff Discovery does. The AEI just gets away with it more because mainstream economics is on less solid ground than mainstream biology.

  17. #17 SEF
    January 28, 2007

    I guess in “belief” it’s a little off center.

    That’s OK because they don’t generally have just the one belief. So it should be “beliefs” anyway.

  18. #18 Roadtripper
    January 28, 2007

    Graculus: Thanks for posting the Skeptic Tank link. It’s been added to favorites.

    Rt

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