Happy Atheist PZ Myers rescues Creative Pooper from suicide
|August 14, 2013||Posted by scordova under Atheism, Humor, News|
Dallas Haugh (aka the Creative Pooper) was one of Michael Shermer’s alleged victims according to this characterization:
In fine witch-hunting style, Myers then broadly solicited more anonymous rumors to back up his anonymous rumor, resulting in more people coming forward claiming Shermer raped them, tried to rape them, or filled their wine glass for nefarious purposes, including a fat LARP-y guy named Dallas Haugh who was fairly sure Michael Shermer raped him.
Haugh apparently posted a suicide note recently, and PZ Myers led efforts to rescue the Creative Pooper. PZ published up-to-the minute updates of his rescue efforts here:
Now, for those of you unaware, PZ published a book this year called The Happy Atheist which I used in the title of this thread.
PZ Myers’ Happy Atheist
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #10 in Books > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Atheism
#15 in Books > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Sociology
#46 in Books > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Evolution
Compare this to Stephen Meyer’s book:
Stephen Meyer Darwin’s Doubt
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#1 in Books > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Biological Sciences > Paleontology
#4 in Books > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Astronomy & Space Science > Cosmology
#4 in Books > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Evolution > Organic
I’ll take our Meyer against their Myer any day.
Curiously, it looks like the atheists have been the ones giving PZ’s book 1-star ratings. Such as John Loftus:
This review is about the pre-published “Uncorrected Galleys” of this book sent to me because I requested a copy as an Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer. As such, I must review it since I requested it. I regret doing so because I don’t want to antagonize PZ Myers (someone I’d like to consider a friend someday). Nonetheless, I cannot do anything less than to write an honest and fair review of it.
The book is titled “The Happy Atheist” and contains 34 chapters. I think a more fitting title would have been, “The Laughing Atheist.”
It’s a book of ridicule with some science and reason thrown in for good measure. He’s a great writer, no doubt, and he can make us laugh at superstition. So this is quintessential Myers. It’s typically what he does best.
That being said, I have some problems with it. In the first place, I did a little research and found that nearly half of the chapters can be found almost word for word as blog posts of his with the same title. No doubt there are a few others. Some of them have probably been given a different title, like chapter thirteen, “Happy Easter!,” which was originally a blog post of his titled “Sunday Sacrilege: The Silliest Story Ever Told.” I have been a semi-casual reader of PZ Myers’s blogs and after reading through this book there was little new for me. So I for one, am disappointed….
gives PZ 1-star
My view? Why buy the book, you can get an undiluted dose of PZ over at his blog for free…