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In 2011, [[Christian apologetics|Christian apologist]] [[Vox Day]] had an individual complain about the notion that the atheist community has a problem with obesity (Please see: [[Atheism and obesity]]). As a result, on May 19, 2011, Vox Day released a blog post entitled ''Mailvox: now, who said atheists are fat?'' where 80% of the people taking a picture with PZ Myers were overweight and PZ Myers was overweight in the picture as well as can be seen [http://voxday.blogspot.com/2011/05/mailvox-now-who-said-atheists-are-fat.html HERE].  The picture was originally posted on PZ Myer's blog Pharyngula by Myers on May 16, 2011 and an online argument quickly ensued concerning the appearance of the photograph's participants.<ref>http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/05/at_least_you_can_see_a_hint_of.php</ref>
 
In 2011, [[Christian apologetics|Christian apologist]] [[Vox Day]] had an individual complain about the notion that the atheist community has a problem with obesity (Please see: [[Atheism and obesity]]). As a result, on May 19, 2011, Vox Day released a blog post entitled ''Mailvox: now, who said atheists are fat?'' where 80% of the people taking a picture with PZ Myers were overweight and PZ Myers was overweight in the picture as well as can be seen [http://voxday.blogspot.com/2011/05/mailvox-now-who-said-atheists-are-fat.html HERE].  The picture was originally posted on PZ Myer's blog Pharyngula by Myers on May 16, 2011 and an online argument quickly ensued concerning the appearance of the photograph's participants.<ref>http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/05/at_least_you_can_see_a_hint_of.php</ref>
 
== Atheist blogger PZ Myers, excess weight and study on internet usage ==
 
 
''See also:'' [[Atheism and the internet]] and [[Atheist blogger PZ Myers, excess weight and study on internet usage]]
 
 
Atheists are [[Atheism and the internet|very active on the internet]] and PZ Myers is an active atheist blogger.  In 2009, an Australian university study was done concerning the association between leisure time internet and computer use with being overweight and/or [[obesity|obese]] and also sedentary.<ref>http://www.jmir.org/2009/3/e28/</ref> The study concluded: "These findings suggest that, apart from nutritional and physical activity interventions, it may also be necessary to decrease time spent in sedentary behaviors, such as leisure-time Internet and computer use, in order to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity."<ref>http://www.jmir.org/2009/3/e28/</ref>
 
 
Given that PZ Myers' [[PZ Myers' blog posts and quality problems|blog posts often lack substance]], increased exercise and less partaking in the sedentary activity of blogging certainly could be helpful (see: [[PZ Myers' blog posts and quality problems]]).
 
  
 
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Revision as of 23:17, 23 September 2011

Pharyngula is a blog by atheist and evolutionist PZ Myers, who is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris.[1] Pharyngula is hosted by Scienceblogs which appears to have a problem keeping and attracting talented writers. According to PZ Myers, Scienceblogs has "been facing a steady erosion of talent".[2] In 2010, the Christian apologetic website True Free Thinker wrote a quite pointed and accurate criticism of PZ Myers Pharyngula blog indicating that PZ Myers' blog posts often lack substance. Pharyngula is widely acclaimed in the liberal media which is due to its embrace of evolutionary pseudoscience which liberals irrationally embrace (see: Evolution, Liberalism, Atheism, and Irrationality). Myers' blog is also listed by the science journal Nature, which also embraces evolutionary pseudoscience, as the best blog by a scientist. Pharyngula is known for its sarcastic and often specious criticism of creation science and intelligent design theory,[3][4] as well as regular postings of photos of cephalopods (often with vulgarly sexual connotations both subtle and blatant).

The claim that PZ Myers' blog audience tends to be quarrelsome and socially challenged men

See also: Atheism and the internet

Survey data and website tracking data of prominent atheist websites indicate that in the Western World, atheism appears to be significantly less appealing to women.

In 2007, Vox Day wrote:

It's not just a figment of my imagination, it seems atheists truly are socially autistic by their own report. Asperger's Syndrome is a disorder described as "autistic psychopathy" by its discoverer, Dr. Hans Asperger. Those with the disorder tend to be intelligent, socially awkward and difficult to converse with. They are also likely to be male.

Based on Wired magazine's observation that atheists tend to be quarrelsome, socially challenged men, to say nothing of the unpleasant personalities of leading public atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Michel Onfray, one could reasonably hypothesize that there is likely to be a strong correlation between Asperger's and atheism. It's by no means a scientific test, but it is interesting to note the coincidence that 59 of the virulent atheists over at Dr. PZ Myers place report an average score on the Asperger's Quotient test of 27.8. And this does not include the two individuals who actually have Asperger's but did not report any test results.

The test notes that "Scores over 32 are generally taken to indicate Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism". The average male score is 18, the average female score is 15. By way of comparison, I scored 14...

Obviously, more comprehensive and scientific tests would be advised before any definite conclusion can be reached...[5]

In 2010, the Christian apologetics website True Free Thinker wrote:

Scienceblogger Chad Orzel described the commentators on PZ Myers ' Scienceblogs.com site Pharyngula, and other Scienceblogs.com commentators, as "screechy monkeys."[6]

Of course, there is no necessity to assert that atheists are more likely to have Asperger's Syndrome. The historical militancy of the atheist/evolutionist community and the ideas their ideologies have often engendered provides more than enough explanatory power to explain the origin of the quarrelsomeness and other social deficiencies of many in the atheists/evolutionist population (see: militant atheism and social effects of the theory of evolution ). In fact, it is arguably the best explanation for the quarrelsomeness and other social deficiencies of many in the atheist/evolutionist community. In addition, ultimately the decision to reject or be reconciled with God is a matter relating to the grace of God and free will and nobody is forced into atheism due to a physical condition.

PZ Myers' commentary concerning atheist meetings

PZ Myers recently commented that atheist meetings tend to be significantly more attended by males.[7] Mr. Myers commentary concerning atheist meetings is not surprising given that survey data and website tracking data of prominent atheist websites indicate that in the Western World, atheism appears to be significantly less appealing to women.

Blog post featuring a photograph with a high percentage of overweight PZ Myers fans

In 2011, Christian apologist Vox Day had an individual complain about the notion that the atheist community has a problem with obesity (Please see: Atheism and obesity). As a result, on May 19, 2011, Vox Day released a blog post entitled Mailvox: now, who said atheists are fat? where 80% of the people taking a picture with PZ Myers were overweight and PZ Myers was overweight in the picture as well as can be seen HERE. The picture was originally posted on PZ Myer's blog Pharyngula by Myers on May 16, 2011 and an online argument quickly ensued concerning the appearance of the photograph's participants.[8]

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References

  1. Pharyngula[1]
  2. http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/
  3. http://www.truefreethinker.com/articles/pz-myers-emotively-vociferous-intellectually-mute
  4. http://www.truefreethinker.com/articles/richard-dawkins-cowardly-clown
  5. http://voxday.blogspot.com/2007/08/socially-autistic-atheist.html
  6. http://www.truefreethinker.com/articles/pz-myers-and-pavlovs-monkeys
  7. http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/06/the_woman_problem.php
  8. http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/05/at_least_you_can_see_a_hint_of.php