Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Thoughts about MRAs on the internet and accurately employing fallacies - NECSS and Richard Dawkins

Over-sized brain leads to over-sized hubris  
Recently the skeptical part of the internet went into yet another meltdown about women. In short, the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS) withdrew their invitation to Richard Dawkins to be a featured speaker at their conference, because he, yet again, was a twitter tool. See the details here. (If you don't know why it's "yet another" and "yet again" count your blessings or google "elevatorgate", or "used to be nearly everyone's favourite big brained science dude, but now... not".)

I'm not going to discuss this in any specific detail. This is just a thought I had when reading some comments about it. (Note to self, for the millionth time: Stop. Reading. Comments!)

Normally I try to avoid using fallacies when I make a point, but in this case, stuff it, I'll make an exception because I'll still be right.

What's the deal with all the middle aged white dudes (overgeneralisation) who seem to continually be upset at the idea that women should be afforded the respect they ask for, as opposed to the respect the we think they want or deserve (straw man, but not really)? So much energy and vitriol wasted on something that should just be a no-brainer, when there are actually important issues to get upset and worked up about (false dilemma, but again, not really).

Seriously, calm down. I'm a (nearly) middle aged white dude and guess what, I won the fucking lotto and I know it. I don't want to "give up" this accident of birth luck I've had, but I wouldn't mind everyone else having my luck too. It's not a zero sum game.