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George Gilder, Lord of the Adguacyth

I’m off to the Twin Cities again (third time this week!) for a couple of events. Since I’m a cruel, heartless predator who likes to return to the scene of a kill to gloat, though, I thought I’d repost the vicious savagings I gave George Gilder, in The sanctimonious bombast of George Gilder and Gilder: still wailing over his spanking. Gilder, by the way, was a co-founder of the Discovery Institute, and a professional “techno guru” who led many an investor down the path to bankruptcy when the tech bubble collapsed in the 90s. I think he’s well on his way to historical oblivion at this point.

There were a couple of notable things about those posts. They spawned 50-100 comments, which in those days was simply astonishing (now I know that if I write a blank post I can get that many comments). They first sucked in George Gilder’s daughter to protest my brutality, and then George Gilder himself, who just sunk himself deeper in the morass of his own BS. Gilder is the fellow who pompously announced that he had renamed the object of molecular biologists’ study the “Adguacyth”, apparently for “adenine guanine cytosine thymine”. Try googling for that term, or looking in the technical literature; I guess it didn’t take off, since it’s apparently unique to his comments there. Perhaps people who admit to never even taking a single biology course ought to avoid trying to rename major concepts in the field.

Another thing you may notice is that Gilder babbles a bit about Shannon information theory—as a “techno guru”, that sure sounds sophisticated, even though his comments reveal that he doesn’t understand what he’s talking about. What makes it particularly ironic, though, is that nowadays one of the most embarrassingly ignorant mouthpieces for the Discovery Institute is Michael Egnor, who denies the relevance of Shannon information theory. I guess that was another bubble that popped on poor George.

Comments

  1. #1 Ichthyic
    April 29, 2007

    I think he’s well on his way to historical oblivion at this point.

    one can only hope.

    unfortunately, these folks are like cockroaches; just when you think the traps have worked, you end finding them in the weirdest places.

  2. #2 Ichthyic
    April 29, 2007

    The reason that the cockroaches hang around is because there are a lot of very rich people that keep them as pets.

    That prompted a disturbing image of Dr. Evil with Mr. Biggles, now a pet cockroach the size of a cat.

    *shudder*

    substitute Karl Rove for Dr. Evil, and “mini me” would now be the cockroach, and GW would be the “pet”.

    ok… that’s enough of that! time for more coffee, I think.

  3. #3 Ichthyic
    April 29, 2007

    BTW, gilder says in the news article:

    “I’m sorry my daughter got dragged into this,”

    un, didn’t his daughter jump into this all on her own?

    she didn’t get “dragged” into this; she volunteered.

    no doubt he wants to play his daughter off as a victim, and has already set the stage to do so. So WHO is dragging who into this, George?

    I swear these people are all the same; like bad magicians using hand-tricks to draw attention away from their primary arguments.

    It’s so consistent a debating tactic with them that one might conclude it related to some fundamental flaw in their psychology, or is there some hidden class where they all learn underhanded debate tactics?

  4. #4 Ichthyic
    April 29, 2007

    I am aware that chimps have often been observed hunting & eating monkeys; but, what are the smaller APES that a “flock” of chimps devours?

    actually, they will canabalize members of competing chimpanzee troups as well.

    so while not a “smaller” ape, they do in fact eat apes.

  5. #5 David Marjanovi?
    April 30, 2007

    He also argues that women get lower pay than men because locational preferences lead to lower mobility for women (they tend not to move away from where their husbands live)

    Because only in the USA do women get paid less than men. Aha. Good to know.

    So fraud or fruit loop, or both?

    I vote for both. Remember that Kung Woo Master who got knocked out of the ring on Youtube?

  6. #6 David Marjanovi?
    April 30, 2007

    He also argues that women get lower pay than men because locational preferences lead to lower mobility for women (they tend not to move away from where their husbands live)

    Because only in the USA do women get paid less than men. Aha. Good to know.

    So fraud or fruit loop, or both?

    I vote for both. Remember that Kung Woo Master who got knocked out of the ring on Youtube?

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