I like picking things apart. As far as I am concerned, dissecting illogical or unsupported arguments to figure-out why or when they don’t work, is one of life’s true pleasures. Which is why I’ve been in a bit of a rut, of late: I have not encountered very much to stimulate my deconstructive impulse.
In the past, when I have found myself in such a position, I have found succour in religion;that is to say (before any of you jump to conclusions) that I’ve turned to the Christian Right in the United States, as they are such a rich and dependable source of moronic arguments.
This hasn’t changed. The only thing that has changed is the amount of satisfaction that I can get from such low-hanging fruit.
I mean: here‘s a science test, allegedly originating from a Christian private school in Florida, which asserts that a belief in God is necessary to explain the existence of gravity. Now, of course, I could easily talk about the philosophical vacuousness of God-of-the-Gaps type arguments, or launch into a discussion of General Relativity and a number of approaches towards the creation of a theory of quantum gravity, or even (if I were feeling creative), point out how weird it is that God is apparently necessary to explain a weak-ass force like gravitation, while all of the under fundamental forces are satisfactorily explained by quantum field theory, but what would be the point? Anything I say is just going to be said by a million other people, smarmily congratulating themselves on their own wit. There’s no glory in it.
The sad thing though, is that it continues to be necessary for people to be critical of nonsense like this, and they should make their criticisms as widely known and understood as possible. But I think that any one individual can only fight battles like this for a maximum of about five years before it becomes too interminably boring*. I need bigger things to chew on; things which haven’t been pre-chewed a million times before.
I need to get back into academics.
*This rule doesn’t apply to people who really and truly get off on cheap feelings of intellectual superiority. I suspect that this practically a job requirement in order to be a ‘professional skeptic.’