Tag Archives: Loutish Skeptics

Dunning Piles Up the Cowpies

We now turn to one of those rationalists in the secular community who, far from ponder the ethical treatment of nonhuman animals, seems bent on publicly demonstrate his ignorance on both animal rights and skeptical inquiry. There’s a failure of consistency because he allows emotion to get in the way. That’s because Brian Dunning has no interest in examining animal issues and has a distinct grudge against animal activists. He likes to simply label them as extremists that allegedly “don’t really give a flying [censored] about animals, they really just hate people.”[1]Brian Dunning, “Domestic Terrorists Strike Again,” Skepticblog, July 23, 2009, http://www.skepticblog.org/2009/07/23/domestic-terrorists-strike-again. • • •

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Penn and Teller Deep in Bullshit

To borrow from Brad Pitt’s line in Moneyball, you get skeptics with a clue, then you get skeptics exhibiting logical inconsistencies and denial, and then there’s the rock bottom of totally clueless skeptics, and then there’s 50 feet of crap, and then there’s Penn and Teller.

Before looking at their skeptical inquiries into the ethical treatment of nonhuman animals, some background on their reputation will give a clue of what to expect. In his blog Rationally Speaking, author Massimo Pigliucci discusses Penn and Teller’s television series Bullshit! and its flaws. He criticizes the show for having “presented caricatures of complex issues such as recycling, animal rights, the relationship between health and exercise, and global warming.”[1]Massimo Pigliucci, “Bullshit! • • •

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