24
Oct
08

Ugh, fucking news

Sorry, but I’m very angry right now. Journalists tend to piss me off when they make STUPID errors like this:

Boxfish styling makes car fuel efficient

Chrysler admits that the boxfish, a reef-dwelling amphibian, looks anything but streamlined and agile at first sight. But upon closer inspection, scientists and engineers at the auto manufacturer had a change of heart. They copied the fish’s aerodynamic shape and the structure of its rigid, protective skin to produce a concept vehicle, shown here, that is stable, fuel-efficient and durable. Though a production model will never see the light of day, the company plans to incorporate many of the design elements into future cars.

Tell me, HOW THE FUCK IS A BOXFISH even CLOSE to an amphibian? It’s a relative of the puffer fish! Fucking stupid motherfucking fucktard journalists with no background in biology writing about biology annoy me to no end! This is part of the reason why creationists can make their retarded arguments. They latch on the crappy science reporting and then make their arguments based upon it. Evolution is classic because no journalist will EVER give a thorough description of it, instead, they give the storybook version which leaves out much of the details.

Another examples of storybook evolution here. Instead of giving a storybook synopsis of evolution, assume they know what evolution IS. If they don’t, tough, let them find out about it from better sources. Don’t just say:

“Weighing in at nearly 6 ounces (164 grams), Epidexipteryx likely stayed grounded. Its feathers were not flight-ready like those seen in other bird-like dinosaurs such as Microraptor, which sported two sets of wings similar to early biplanes.”

This goes for scientists as well, if they want the research phrased for the least common denominator, too bad, don’t do it. Tell them the research and its implications, and don’t try to make it understandable to those with no knowledge of the background. If we have to condense decades of research into a narrative which will be picked apart because it IS a summarized narrative, don’t do it! We have free publications on evolution; provide links to them. We have published research, cite it, but don’t put poorly written narratives out there without the evidence for it.


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Edit: oh, and in case you didn’t know what was wrong with the Epidexipteryx quote, it assumes teleology of evolution of feathers to flight. THAT particularly annoys me. Evolution is NOT teleological.


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Edit: Darren Naish at Tetrapod Zoology has a post which made me much happier.

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