If you thought Orly Taitz was a raving loony, Wendy Wright proves Orly doesn’t hold a candy to a classic evolution denier. Here’s the first video in a series of seven where Richard Dawkins interviews her:
There’s so much epic stupidity and unjustified arrogant smugness from her I wanted to reach through the computer screen to punch her in the face numerous times. This interview proves once and for all that Richard Dawkins is the most patient man alive!
But there were perhaps two bits here that bothered me the most. The first was Wright’s insistence that the mere fact that scientists like Dawkins aggressively criticize the evolution denial position is somehow proof in and of itself that there is something to the deniers’ position. There is not. She used this as a platform for characterizing the position of scientists like Dawkins as being one their entire mission is just to silence legitimate criticism of evolution only to then repeatedly asking why Dawkins, et al care about what they’re doing at all. Unfortuntely, I think Dawkins didn’t adequately address this ridiculous argument here. So I will. Dawkins is a scientist and an educator. That means it’s his job to seek out new knowledge and teach that knowledge to the next generation. And like historians who have to combat Holocaust deniers and Moon Hoaxers, etc., when ignorant fools like Ms. Wright who do have agendas organize to form movements that spread misinformation through propaganda campaigns, it becomes absolutely necessary for those who are experts in the material to aggressively combat those campaigns with the truth.
The other bit that bugged me was in the fourth video in the series where Wright starts trying to criticize Dawkins’ rejection of the soul concept with her stupid, dismissive giggles that she used when she failed to be able to provide an actual criticism. It’s REALLY NOT THAT FUCKIN’ COMPLICATED, WENDY! If someone shoots you in the head and damages your brain, you no thinky the same anymore. If your brain is damaged or drugged or lobotomized, your entire personality or your “soul” can be radically transformed. And without a functioning pre-frontal cortex, you may either not have a sense of right and wrong anymore or you might just not care about right and wrong anymore. Again, it’s not complicated!
Case in point, a new study from researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London have found differences in the brain that could provide a biological explanation for psychopathy:
The research investigated the brain biology of psychopaths with convictions that included attempted murder, manslaughter, multiple rape with strangulation and false imprisonment. Using a powerful imaging technique (DT-MRI) the researchers have highlighted biological differences in the brain which may underpin these types of behaviour and provide a more comprehensive understanding of criminal psychopathy.
Dr Michael Craig said: ‘If replicated by larger studies the significance of these findings cannot be underestimated. The suggestion of a clear structural deficit in the brains of psychopaths has profound implications for clinicians, research scientists and the criminal justice system.’
Suck on it, Wendy! In second thought, let me guess. You find the evidence unpersuasive.