Blog: Pharyngula, by PZ Myers
“Look at the bible as a pastiche, a collection of mutually and often internally inconsistent fragments slapped together for crude reasons of politics and art and priestly self-promotion and sometimes beauty and a lot of chest-thumping tribalism, and through that lens, it makes a lot of sense. It does tell us something important... about us, not some fantastic mythological being. It tells us that we are fractious, arrogant, scrappy people who sometimes accomplish great things and more often cause grief and pain to one another. We want to be special in a universe that is uncaring and cold, and in which the nature of our existence is a transient flicker, so we invent these strange stories of grand beginnings, like every orphan dreaming that they are the children of kings who will one day ride up on a white horse and take them away to a beautiful palace and a rich and healthy family that will love them forever. We are not princes of the earth, we are the descendants of worms, and any nobility must be earned.”
PZ keeps a science blog, like any biology teacher should do, where he frequently bashes irrationality, religion and other anti-scientific subjects. Pharyngula is one of the most famous science blogs around, and PZ himself is one of the celebrities of the atheist online community. I always found it remarkable the rate at which publishes updates, almost faster than a normal person can read them. Most of his entries are mostly informative, always with a hint of his black humor and sharp tongue (the sub-title of his blog is "Evolution, development, and random biological ejaculations from a godless liberal", which I guess is enough to keep more conservative minds away), more proper for those interested in science in general. Some people think he is a little too violent in his words, and I would tend to agree, but I wouldn't consider it as a bad thing; on the contrary, people like him are necessary to stir things up, and to make people think about all the stuf they take for granted.
I found this paragraph of this dissertation about theology (and the so called moderate religion) quite brilliant and eloquent, even for him. I particularly liked the last phrase. Very insightful...