Monday, February 04, 2013

SB = Superbowl; BS = Pharyngula

If you are in the mood for some self-righteous pseudo-intellectual “oh we are just too smart for that sort of thing” utter BS, head over to where they have almost cornered the market: Pharyngula. The runaway smugness of PZ's superbowl post will ooze from the screen.

PZ writes:
I don’t know who played or who won,
Which is his usual self-aggrandizing holier-than-thou nonsense.

Then PZ actually penned this sentence:
Football teams are just floating corporations whose purpose for existence is to scoop up specially fast meaty people, give them a brief period of pampering and unwarranted glory, and in return, grinds them up and gives them brain damage for the entertainment of the people
Which reads like something the ubiquitous barefoot 10th grader with long greasy hair and a Che Guevara t-shirt would say in Comparative Political Systems class.

PZ adds this stern warning:
I’m not going to watch [the Superbowl] ever, and for that matter, I’m not interested in watching any football game.
Yes, your grand intellectual pursuits—saving the world via A+ and all that, should certainly take precedence. We understand.

One thing very nice about Pharyngula: You can tell which of his commentators are as dumb as rocks, because they politely identify themselves with extra sarcasm tags attached to their screen names. One complete Neanderthal named Giliell, professional cynic made sure her "I can’t be bothered by such low-brow American common-man spectacles" street-creds were front-and-center by asking the deep question:
Did VW show their racist crap add or not?
One of the premier Pharynguloid chowderheads, the celeverly named Ing: Intellectual Terrorist "Starting Tonight, People will Whine” (the 'intellectual terroist' sobriquet seems quite appropriate) had this piece of brilliant analysis:
So Doritos had a commercial where a man tries to use a magic dog to commit rape
Confirming that everything on Pharyngula is, ultimately, about rape.

There are a lot more gems in the comments, and no-doubt more to come.

It is a good thing these people take themselves (so) seriously, since nobody else does.


  1. Here's the thing. Football is nasty, violent, competitive. I've even been able to lip-read some foul language from the sidelines.

    PZ, in contrast, is widely known for his commitment to class, and his constant gentlemanliness (football is not a gentlemanly sport). So his stance against brutishness on the field is perfectly understandable. I applaud him for sticking by his principles, as he tunes in his cricket matches on cable.

    1. Tom,

      Well since you put it that way...

  2. It's a shame so much of your blog is devoted to sneering at people you perceive to be less intelligent than you are. I wonder what your students think of it. It doesn't do you credit.

    I'd like to hear more about your own field of expertise and less of that stuff.