LOLzy publicity: 50 Shades of Evolution and a meme

This is a real Facebook exchange which I have permission to share. A student was reading Why Evolution is True in public and was accosted by a stranger. She recounted the experience on Facebook, with the replies given (identities hidden to protect the evolution-friendly):

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And meme of the day on Facebook’s “Great scientists and inventors“, where I don’t really belong! (But given that, I won’t quibble about “elucidating on”. . . ).

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h/t: ZF, Grania

25 Comments

  1. gbjames
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Very nice!

  2. Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    For kinky sex stories, she should try Matthew Cobb’s The Egg & Sperm Race or Olivia Judson’s Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation>/i> next.

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  3. Robert Hampson
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Following the known scientific method, evolution is still a theory – FACT!!!

    • Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      Yes – It’s a theory *and* a fact.

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      Indeed. After evolution achieved the highest scientific status there is according to known scientific method more than a century ago, that of a well tested theory, it has never stumbled – it is still a theory.

      That is a fact that should be trumpeted out over and over again – evolution, still the fact: of the process, of the pathway of the process and of the theory observing the details of the process.

    • starskeptic
      Posted January 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

      Hey! – you got some religion in my science!

  4. Sastra
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    The fact that we DID evolve is not going to distract us from the fact that you have apparently stolen someone’s cat.

    • still learning
      Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      Major giggle! Is there an evolutionary advantage in stealing cats?

      • Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

        hahahaha. good question lol

      • Posted January 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

        It’s certainly felicitous!

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      • jimroberts
        Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:44 am | Permalink

        It’s advantageous to Toxoplasma gondii.

      • philip duerdoth
        Posted January 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

        Is there an evolutionary advantage in stealing cats?

        That deserves a dogged response, still learning.

    • gravelinspector
      Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

      The fact that we DID evolve is not going to distract us from the fact that you have apparently stolen someone’s cat.had your lap temporarily appropriated by a cat who considers you her (?) resting place.

      Fixed that for you

  5. Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Well, you are a scientist, right? And that is a cat in your lap, right?

    What more proof that you’re a great scientist does one need?

    b&

  6. TJR
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    The massive popularity of both 50 Shades of Grey and the Twilight books is very strange.

    Can we conclude from this that teenage girls all want to stay virgins but that adult women are all bondage freaks?

  7. DrBrydon
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I can’t imagine looking at someone reading a book, and, based on their reactions, trying to guess the book. Unless maybe I had only read two or three books in my life….

    • starskeptic
      Posted January 14, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      Or are massively projecting…

      • microraptor
        Posted January 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

        Or are trying something they learned from a pickup artist.

        • Posted January 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

          My feeling too. If she had been reading 50SoG was there a predictable other way the exchange was supposed to go? (If I were heterosexual, I’d run a mile from a woman who was reading 50SoG.)

  8. quiscalus
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    if you wanna get really kinky, try The Evolution of Primary Sexual Characteristics in Animals, edited by Janet L. Leonard and Alex Cordoba-Aguilar which I picked up for a steal at Half Price books. It’s got it all: “An ancient indirect sexual model: single and mixed patterns in the evolution of scorpion genitalia”, “Post-copulatory sexual selection in the Coleoptera, “Sexual conflict and the intromittent organs of male birds”, not to mention lots of dirty pictures and drawings of lots of the naughty bits!

    • gravelinspector
      Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

      Sounds like an ideal book for Great Aunt Agatha!

  9. Jim Thomerson
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I like some one’s definition of Fact. A fact is a theory so well supported that it is foolish to try to falsify it at this time.

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:51 am | Permalink

      That’s good. Using ‘hypothesis’ rather than ‘theory’ would make it almost trivially true, but lose the funny recursion.

  10. George Tipton
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    The fine print below Jerry’s Facebook quote describes him as “prolific.” I’d always assumed he was “prochoicic.”


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