“There is also a loud speaking, staunch atheist”: I have landed in Warsaw

I have arrived in Poland’s capital, a big metropolis completely rebuilt after the war.  And I’ve had my first all-Polish meal at one of the famous “milk bars“: both cheese and blueberry pierogi, kompott (a drink made from boiled fruit), and borscht.  I have photos but no time to post them now.

Some grins: my talk tonight is advertised on the Polish Rationalist Society page, and Bing gives this great translation:

“Imagine my pleasure when Jacek (President of PSR) gave us a message that will be shown in our country despite various difficulties, Jerry Coyne. Professor of biology at the University of Chicago, which he Dawkins calls him “the guru of evolutionary genetics.” Apart from being an eminent scientist, there is also a loud speaking, staunch atheist. Is ruthless when it comes to all these so-called “enlightened theologians” and cowardly, rogue scientists who are on the head and any other intellectual acrobatics to push us to the darkness that religion and science can co-exist together happily. Below one of these such lectures (again, unfortunately, did not find any translation, sorry to those who do not know English). I love this its lightly ironic smile of pity from time to time when lists all primitive tricks aimed at demonstrating “. magisteriów”, and even sometimes support science and religion, as if we could have anything useful to learn from superstition dating back thousands of years as to the nature of this world.”

I love the “lightly ironic smile of pity”!

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30 Comments

  1. merilee
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Love the “despite various difficulties, Jerry Coyne.” Perhaps you should adopt DVD as your title, Jerry;-) Dr. DVD Jerry Coyne…

  2. Posted September 12, 2013 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    I’m digging the vintage flyers — appropriate for a continental, radical, atheist, evolutionary hipster.

  3. Posted September 12, 2013 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Meanwhile, the Discovery Institute (who are still saving-up to buy a microscope) will shortly announce that they have used ‘intuition’ to discover the baby Jebus hidden behind a chromosome, and it will be revealed in a new book by W L Craig, called “Sintists Refuse to Believe Us, Again!!!”

    Alvin Plantinga says, “It’s so obvious, why didn’t we look there before? But thereagain, just thinking about it makes it true!”

    Oral Roberts bible-college have made a plastic creche display of the chromosome and put it in their lobby. There are donkeys, wise men,and stars, and it’s ever so cute.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted September 12, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      the Discovery Institute (who are still saving-up to find an excuse to not buy a microscope)

      FTFY
      These people are, despite their name, deathly afraid of discovery of anything new.

      • John Taylor
        Posted September 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

        Any discoveries they make would further bury ID. That’s why they’re not enthusiastic about purchasing a microscope.

  4. JBlilie
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Love those “bad translation” descriptions!

    • Larry Gay
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 3:03 am | Permalink

      I have long thought it is better to just wade bravely into a foreign language, rather than waiting for perfect mastery, and this translation proves it.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted September 13, 2013 at 5:34 am | Permalink

        It’s machine translation though – people usually do a better job.

  5. boggy
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    A ‘staunch atheist’? Shouldn’t that be a devout atheist?

    • Posted September 12, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      Actually, I suspect that might be a starch atheist — i.e., a Pastafarian….

      b&

      • merilee
        Posted September 12, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink

        +1!

      • Posted September 12, 2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink

        +2

      • Dan McPeek
        Posted September 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

        Like the Mafia figures of old (I know, the Mafia was just a myth), I propose the professor be now known as Jerry “the staunch” Coyne (staunch now becoming a noun).
        If Mr. Coyne can’t make it a noun, who can?
        He is, after all, THE STAUNCH.

        Strident is so overused. Staunch can be the new strident! Praise the STAUNCH!

        • merilee
          Posted September 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

          Maybe Jerry with grow a paunch to go with the Staunch, what with all the good Polish food!

      • Posted September 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

        Hahahaha… Ben, you have such a convoluted/ noodly (in a good way) mind!

        • Merilee
          Posted September 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

          Indeed a noodly noodle!

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    I like cowardly, rogue scientists who are on the head and any other intellectual acrobatics. It actually conjures up acrobatics!

    Also, yum borscht!! I have it fresh because of all the beets in the garden!

    • Lianne Byram
      Posted September 12, 2013 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      My favourite too. Get those pesky rogue scientists off my head!

      • Posted September 12, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

        …but, of course, they’re welcome if they’re bringing borscht! One might even call those ones rouge scientists….

        b&

        • Merilee
          Posted September 12, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

          Ben’s on a roll!

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted September 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

          Your word play is blushworthy :)

          • mordacious1
            Posted September 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

            Can’t be beet!

            • merilee
              Posted September 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

              !!!

        • Lianne Byram
          Posted September 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

          Oh ho! Nicely said Mr. Goren.

  7. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Good luck and thanks for all the Hilis!

    cowardly, rogue scientists who are on the head and any other intellectual acrobatics to push us to the darkness that religion and science can co-exist together happily.

    Quite an enlightened take on how anti-enlightenment forces are running slipshod all over modern society.

    I would say “tortured” acrobatics. Nay, “back broken”!

  8. Posted September 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Sshhh… The Polish version original have been proofread. There are enough grammatical flaws there to confuse an machine translator.

  9. Posted September 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    [blush] It’s the pot calling the kettle black:

    The Polish version original should have been proofread. There are enough grammatical flaws there to confuse a machine translator.

    • George
      Posted September 12, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      Trying to remember the Polish term for run-on sentence – as demonstrated in the opening sentence of the post. Google translated “głośno mówiącym” as speakerphone.

      It is 1am in Poland so I think the meeting may finally be winding down.

  10. George
    Posted September 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    There is a picture up of Jerry speaking:

    There is another picture of Jerry holding a PSR banner with other members. Unfortunately, prominent in the background is Stalin’s gift to the people of Warsaw – Palac Kultury i Nauki. You get the best view of Warsaw from PKiN since you do not see PKiN.

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

      Shoot, no cowboy boots to go with that belt buckle. :D

      Looks like everyone’s having a great time!


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