Busy week. To say the least. Class ends this weekend, and it gets busier as it progresses.
I had no idea that the piece I wrote yesterday on The Stream—The Scientific Pantheist Who Advises Pope Francis—would garner the attention it did. It made Drudge—“Pope’s key science advisor is atheist who believes in ‘Gaia, not God’…”—and Rush Limbaugh. I found out the latter when I started receiving texts in the noontime from excited friends.
You and I, dear Reader, are well accustomed to smelly science. The dissecting of rotten research is daily bread for us. So I thought not much of taking apart a paper or two more. But for the first time it was noticed on a larger scale. True, it was because this time it was political. So I expect interest to drop off after the next thing becomes important. Too bad, because the most of the science barrel is rotten, as we know.
And then came the radio shows. I did two yesterday (was it two or three?), two the day before, etc., and I have two scheduled for today:
TIME: 7:20 — 7:30AM (ET)
HOST/SHOW: Scott Voorhees / The Scott Voorhees Show
STATION: KFAB 1110AM — Omaha, NE
TIME: 9:35 — 10:00AM (ET)
HOST/SHOW: Bobby Gunther Walsh / Gunther
STATION: WAEB 790AM — Allentown, PA
and others scheduled later, mostly notably
DATE: Tuesday, June 30th
TIME: 4:30 — 4:45PM (ET)
HOST/SHOW: Mike Savage / The Savage Nation
STATION: Nationally Syndicated.
And others are in the works; perhaps, I’ve been told, even TV.
Yet this will soon fade and something else will become important and we can get back to discussing the nature of causality, and why realist epistemology is the only philosophy that kicks butt (the others only imagine they can).
Meanwhile, I’m about 500 emails behind, and more coming. So if you sent one and I haven’t got to it, please forgive me. Please also forgive the brevity of this post.
Here’s a quote from the Limbaugh transcript:
My friends, not one to let things go, I have dug deep, and I have found out practically everything there is to know about the science advisor to Pope Francis on this encyclical. And the main thing you need to know, the guy’s an atheist. The word for it in the story that I found, one of the most credible stories, is a pantheist, which is a variation of atheist. A pantheist is somebody that believes the earth is a living organism that has the equivalent of a brain and reacts to horrible things done to it by humans…