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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Denyse O'Leary - Championing Teh Stupid

I think I'd like to play hide-and-seek with Denyse O'Leary. See, I'd be sure to win because she'd hide under a blanket on the floor, making a huge bump, and in her mind she would be absolutely invisible. I believe that she'd seriously believe that was a fantastic plan and ruse. My point is proved by the situation below.

Over at her blog she posts a little whine about sciencebloggers being mean to Chris Mooney because he said that Expelled is a "success". Well, if we jaunt over to Chris' blog and check that post, we do see that someone was a bit rude to him, but overall the criticisms were polite and to the point. Much like this one:
Why is it that when you put your foot in your mouth and people call you on it you selectively quote the worst of the critiques and then quickly brush them aside with all of the others? Cherry picking and poisoning the well are denialist tactics. You should be above that.

Why don't you take on the moderate criticisms leveled by PZ, Orac and Kevin in the previous post? Why did you post it as "just the facts" and ignore all contradictory facts?
Or, you know, this one:
I was expecting you to explain why you framed Expelled's takings as a success rather than a failure (by the producers own standards!), or to just admit that you'd made a mistake (we all make them from time-to-time). I certainly wasn't expecting you to cry "I'm right, you're wrong, and you're being meeeeaaan".

And I can't believe you mentioned the troll who called you a creationist! Trolls are to be ignored, not to add weight to your tales of persecution. WE ignored him.

Look what you've done. You've ignored all of your constructive commenters, and focused on a troll and a post by Greg (who, lets face it, hasn't liked you for a long time, has he?). What impression do you think people will get from that?
Hm, that sounds like reasonable criticism to me. Could it be that O'Leary is distorting the facts to achieve her own goals? Could it be that she has an ulterior motive for her writing that shows through in her disturbingly poor attempt to obfuscate what actually occurred?

Nah, I just think she's a dumbass.

4 Barbaric Yawps:

At 24/4/08 10:33 am, Blogger Hans Derycke said...

I rather fancy Denyse like the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. If you recall, the RBBoT believes that if you can't see it, it can't see you. Conversely, Denyse would hide by closing her eyes, ensuring that since she can't see you, you can't see her.

 
At 28/4/08 11:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to read O'Learys blogs on a regular basis, but after a while the incessant posts touting the glorious downfall of materialism has become too tiresome (particularly since O'Leary's idea of "evidence" to back these claims is completlely non-existant and apparently can only be found by buying and reading her books).

Besides, she has recently turned off comments on her sites (upon the advice of a "Senior Blogger", whatever that is). So as far as I'm concerned if she can't be bothered to enter into a reasonable dialog on these matters, then I don't have the time to read her rantings.

Best thing to do with O'Leary is just simply ignore her and let her fall back into obscurity where she belongs...

 
At 28/4/08 6:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's fascinating watching O'Leary go on and on about Expelled and how the 'legacy media' have panned it, and that this is really some kind of anti-materialist conspiracy against the poor put-down ID community. Of course the more likely explanation is that Expelled is simply one nasty, rotten movie, something which she seems incapable of understanding.

Is this person really so convinced that she is right, or is she just being so blatantly intellectually dishonest?

I agree with the comment above too about turning comments off - it says volumes about her. Rather than actually having to defend her views, now she can park herself in her Church steeple and divorce herself even further from reality.

 
At 28/4/08 8:14 pm, Blogger BigHeathenMike said...

I totally agree about the no-comment thing - completely outs you as an anti-conversation anti-dialogue douchebag.

The thick-headedness of not being able to see stupid for stupid, but just sitting back and declaring everyone else as participants in a vast conspiracy is laughable. She should, as someone said above, just be ignored...but she's just too tempting a target sometimes :)

 

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