Freethoughtblogs Has Become Even More Of A Circlejerk

http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/08/06/the-new-rules/

The Absolute Law

I AM THE BOSS, and don’t you forget it. I have sole and absolute power here; I can ban you, I can destroy your comments, I can shut down whole threads. I am a being of caprice; I don’t have to justify anything I do. So when I tell you to stop doing something, stop. Don’t argue with me. You don’t like that I banned your friend? Tough. Don’t complain to me. I will do as I will to make this place the kind of party I want to attend, and that’s all that matters.

This law supercedes all other rules.”

Naturally everyone in the comments is fine with this. Oh well. Goodbye, Freethoughtblogs. Was nice talking about you. Now nothing can be done. I don’t care if PZ has “good” intentions in any of this. He is actively suppressing dissent on his blog, and worse, he is saying he doesn’t have to justify why he is doing those things. This is, quite simply, ridiculous and not acceptable on any so-called “rationalist” website. The worst part of course isn’t that this is what he’s doing, the worst part is he recognizes he is being caprice.

Again, PZ, I have to remind you:

“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

-Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

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~ by theuncynic on August 7, 2012.

3 Responses to “Freethoughtblogs Has Become Even More Of A Circlejerk”

  1. Your casting aspersions on the entirety of the Freethought Blogs, instead of PZ Myers piece of it Pharyngula.

    • Perhaps, but I have not seen anyone on Freethoughtblogs criticize PZ for this particular policy, and I have read the comments. That’s what I mean by “circlejerk”. Is there anyone in particular on Freethoughtblogs who disagrees with PZ?

  2. I don’t know, you could ask them instead of assuming.

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