Lots of haters here. I hate Adams for his success too. But some factual clarifications are in order:
1. Adams has stated in his blog several times that evolution is a scientific fact. The citation someone gave here is in the context of his blog post explaining that the evidence for evolution smells wrong even if it isn't. That's an interesting point.
His prediction about evolution someday being rethought in scientific terms has to do with whether... [more] posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 1:06 PM on April 14, 2011
It seems that many of you have issues with what you imagine to be in Adams' soul. Koeselitz goes so far as to read Adams' mind and declare that he is "unreflective on his own positions."
Codacorrolla believes that anyone who gets a job is immoral for denying that same job to the person who would otherwise get it.
Does anyone here have an issue with what Adams actually said or is most of this about what you imagine he's thinking? posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 4:03 PM on April 14, 2011
Good examples of masturdebating, Lodurr. (That's the process of furiously debating an imaginary viewpoint.)
You think Adams "Places little value on education" when the entire topic of this discussion is Adams' article about how to make education more meaningful. And Adams cites the great job that both his undergraduate and graduate schools did for him.
And on the topic of the arrow of time, you delegate your argument to some guy named... [more] posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 5:26 PM on April 14, 2011
Your complaint is that Adams' choice of words will influence heterosexual men to devalue vaginas? Have you ever met a heterosexual man?
I'll agree with your point if you agree it's your best one. posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 6:57 PM on April 14, 2011
When did self-promotion become a bad thing? It made Adams a multi-millionaire, enriched hundreds of people indirectly through his varous enterprises, fed his family, and generated lots of tax revenue.
I don't think self-promotion breaks any laws of man or nature. It's not forbidden in the Ten Commandments unless he becomes a religious idol. I think he stopped short of that.
Some authors need no promotion to sell their work. For others,... [more] posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 8:01 PM on April 14, 2011
"...not interesting," said the person who is talking about him. posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 5:28 AM on April 15, 2011
Good masturdebating, Lodurr. Which imaginary friend of yours is saying narcissism is the measure of someone being interesting? You are totally embarrassing that guy with your wit. posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 7:14 AM on April 15, 2011
When the only rejoinder a correspondent can come up with is to ridicule his opponent for supposed offenses against debating rules, I generally regard myself as having proved my point.
posted by lodurr at 7:16 AM on April 15 [+] [!]
You must win every one of your debates. posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 7:32 AM on April 15, 2011
If Snooki chooses to trade her dignity for fame and cash, it is comforting to know that the self-promotion police will issue a citation.
What are YOU trading for cash, Octobersurprise? I'll bet it's your freedom, unless you found a way to get paid for doing whatever you want whenever you want. Everyone trades something for cash.
You know what Snooki is doing while you're trapped at work? Answer: Anything she wants. posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 7:38 AM on April 15, 2011
Ah. I get it. You're a "Libertarian Anarchist." Things are much clearer, now.
posted by lodurr at 7:42 AM on April 15 [+] [!]
Ah, labels. That's another sign that you're totally winning the debate. posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 7:46 AM on April 15, 2011
Of course, actually engaging would be off the table at this point -- you might have to explain how manipulative, amoral fame-whoring of the type the octobersurprise described and Snooki's done so well with is actually a good thing, beyond getting to do 'anything she wants' while we're trapped at work.
What I want to know is this: What do you do while we're trapped at work, plannedchaos? Wait, we already know the answer to that...
posted by lodurr at 7:48 AM... [more] posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 8:03 AM on April 15, 2011
Hey, man, I'm right behind you on this, don't apologize. If the Scott Adams brand is all about self-promotion, then I'm all about promoting the Scott Adams brand! I want to see Mr. Adams blow up big Big BIG! We're in this together, man!
posted by octobersurprise at 8:00 AM on April 15 [+] [!]
I assume you don't hate all self-promoters, such as homeless people applying for jobs. Is it Adams' enormous success at self-promotion that makes you jealous and angry? posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 8:08 AM on April 15, 2011
yup, libertarian anarchist. but I note you seem reluctant to cop to that.
posted by lodurr at 8:06 AM on April 15 [+] [!]
Recapping: I said self-promotion has obvious benefits and violates no legal or religious rules. You conclude that I'm a Libertarian Anarchist who wants the government dissolved. posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 8:14 AM on April 15, 2011
Baby, look in my eyes and tell me if you see any hate there. Look, baby, look. Nada. Our nada who art in nada hallowed be thy nada. That's how little hate is in these eyes, man. No, right now I'm on a drug, a drug called SCOTT ADAMS, and it is the HANG IN THERE, BABY kitteh poster in my workplace cubicle wall, it is the wind beneath my wings.
posted by octobersurprise at 8:20 AM on April 15 [+] [!]
That's a powerful argument for leaving sarcasm to professionals. posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 8:23 AM on April 15, 2011
How many people think I'm actually Scott Adams writing about myself in third person? posted to MetaFilter by plannedchaosat 9:21 AM on April 15, 2011