Shorter PZ Myers: Backlash? Harming the cause? Where?:
Simplicity is preferable to science.
Let us accept, arguendo that this post is poorly written. So what? Does that mean it’s wrong? When did PZ Myers – the scourge of framing – come to defend the notion that science discussions are best evaluated based on their presentation rather than their content?
Jason’s post was simpler because he skipped over obvious complications to the story he was trying to tell, along the way ignoring well-known sources of bias, skipping basic steps in polls interpretation, cherrypicking a cutoff for the data, and ignoring any number of confounding factors. My post is complicated because figuring out what increases or decreases acceptance of evolution is complicated.
If it were simple, the problem would be solved already. We’re scientists, and we shouldn’t be afraid of complexity.