Fandom Meme!

So you've got your Harry Potter fandom, your Buffy the Vampire Slayer fandom, your Pirates of the Caribbean fandom and your Star Trek fandom.* Isn't it about time for an Evolutionist/Rationalist fandom? Well, isn't it? Check out my answers to the meme** that's sweeping the fan-i-verse!

Note added in proof: The responses to this meme may readily be extended to any scientist-fandom, e.g., see comment #1. Have at it!

01. The first character I first fell in love with.
Charles Darwin. Sweeeeeet!

i-67d01d241b7804cdfa9e2a1ed71636b7-CR_youngCRD.jpg

02. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now.
Thomas Huxley - Darwin's bulldog. Woof! (It's the sideburns.)

i-032b7ab55b2528c51f4109b9b0d2ad41-tx1.jpg

03. The character everyone else loves that I don't.
Sam Harris: the sweetheart of all rationalist fangurls. I mean, c'mon. . . this guy is the Orlando Bloom of atheism.

i-3eaaeb870c2437d86ab8f9f9f7f6a1bc-CR_SamHarris.jpg

04. The character I love that everyone else hates.
Richard Lewontin just 'cause of those spunky spandrels.

i-54848b387bcdc10e97feabf1f8b64a1f-Lewontin1.jpg

05. The character I used to love but don't any longer.
Richard Dawkins - the man sounds like a crazy cat lady at times.

i-d85af39e7408aaae2e82f3ed8e223591-Dawkins_CrazyCatLady.jpg

06. The character I would shag anytime.
Richard Dawkins - love him or hate him, he's still highly shaggable.

i-a4085ee824f6bf321407c2780dd0ce54-CR_Dawkins.jpg

07. The character I'd want to be like. (except for the dead part)
The late Carl Sagan - the reasons for my admiration number in the billll-yuns!

i-9d5ed53ba3edcc2b62426150efa2cca9-CR_CSagan.jpg

08. The character I'd slap.
Daniel Dennett - Dawkins' Rottweiler needs to stop humping his master's leg.

i-997dcbdebfd82ccd993b354fd040e53f-Dennett.jpg

09. A pairing that I love.
Neil deGrasse Tyson/Lawrence Krauss - physicist slash at its best. Oh, baby!
(Psssst. I think Lawrence Krauss might be a fan of some kind of pop cultural icon.)
i-7ffdc46360efa7f38c3ae4e919558aaf-tyson_neil_degrasse2.jpg
i-c7e8bf0f4a551103deee7b505c3a6fd7-CR_LKrauss.jpg

10. A pairing that I despise.
Pat Robertson/Ted Haggard. Truly unholy.
i-0684aab7dca223cc0bab51d4a0b91432-haggard.jpg
i-a27a540e0c07f6575f5a9a7a1687a0d7-CR_PatRobertson.jpg

*For the non-cognoscenti, i.e., normal people, examples of fannishness may be found here: Science Fiction and Fantasy Fandom.

**My head almost exploded from having to use that...that meme word.

Hat tip to...well, you know who you are.

More like this

From last Thursday through Sunday, I was in Las Vegas at The Amazing Meeting!, a gathering of skeptics hosted by James "The Amazing" Randi. Randi, for those of you unschooled in these matters, was a stage magician who got involved in debunking the claims of psychics and other flimflam artists. He…
I usually like Cornelia Dean's science reporting, but this recent collection of book reviews put me off from the opening paragraph. She begins with the tired old claim that "scientists have to be brave" to embrace religion. Malarkey. I've never heard a scientist bring up the subject of religion,…
Lawrence Krauss has written an excellent defense of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble which is currently under threat of cancellation. I was really down on the space shuttle the other day, but that's because I think it was a failure at doing its job of enabling exploration and…
While I'm running unrelated articles head-on into each other, two other things that caught my eye recently were Sabine Hossenfelder's thoughts on scientific celebrities (taking off from Lawrence Krauss's defense of same) and Megan Garber's piece on "attention policing", spinning off that silliness…

The first character I first fell in love with: Bill Nye (Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!)

10. A pairing that I despise: G.W. Bush & Billy Graham

Interesting, but who will play them in the movie.