What Twisted Sadist?

Holy cow. Chris Mooney wrote an article in April about the devastating consequences of a Category 5 earthquake in New Orleans! Here’s his update to that story Why prescience sucks .

Mooney’s personal weblog (as far as I can see) covers the lunacies of mainstream science reporting. His recent book, Republican War on Science tries to expose the fallacies behind Bush science policies. Barrel fish, but gosh, somebody needs to shoot them. They stink really bad! (Here’s a friendly review of the book by Crooked Timber).

Here’s his articles in the mainstream press. All are great. Look at his expose of industry ties for a perennial OP-ED writer for national newspapers. Great job Chris!

Steve Pinker on why intelligent design is…well… silly:

Our own bodies are riddled with quirks that no competent engineer would have planned but that disclose a history of trial-and-error tinkering: a retina installed backward, a seminal duct that hooks over the ureter like a garden hose snagged on a tree, goose bumps that uselessly try to warm us by fluffing up long-gone fur.

The moral design of nature is as bungled as its engineering design. What twisted sadist would have invented a parasite that blinds millions of people or a gene that covers babies with excruciating blisters? To adapt a Yiddish expression about God: If an intelligent designer lived on Earth, people would break his windows.