More about ME: I’m Polish Rationalist of the year, and I’m not even Polish

Each year the Polish Society of Rationalists (“Polskie Stowarzyszenie Racjonalistów”) gives out a Rationalist of the Year award. Actually, there are two: one for a Polish rationalist and the other for a foreign one. I’m chuffed to announce that this year, according to the PSR’s website, I’m the foreign awardee.  They promised to translate the award notice into English, but haven’t yet, and I’m not sure they will, so I ran it through Google translate, which always gives some amusing results:

We are pleased to announce that it comes rationalists Year 2013 were :

- In the category of foreign prof. Jerry Coyne
- In the category of national Maciej Psyk

Congratulations to both of the candidates – in the belief that the Main Board – acting role since the beginning of the Chapter competition – made ​​the right choice and make J.Coyne ‘a and M.Psyka – on their rationalist areas of action – this award ( to some extent ) – time will increase even more.

For Main Board
Jacek Tabisz – President

Here is the initial text eulogy for Jerry Coyne , which , in similar form, wygłosimy , handing Professor award in person :

Title rationalist Year for Jerry A. Coyne

Dear Professor ! We have the honor to present to Professor our annual rationalist of the Year award in recognition of his contribution to the development and popularization of biological sciences , as well as for protecting the image of science against the desire to mixing it with the popular religious myths .. Greatly appreciate the contribution of Professor ogrony to study the evolution of life on Earth, not distorted when the ” politically correct ” akomodacjonizmem . Mr. Profosor is a not so big group of biologists studying the evolution of the whole and perceiving its importance to the worldview and philosophical ground is not afraid of the truth about the world and themselves representatives of our species.
Priceless are the work of Professor on speciation , ie the separation of the species .. Speciation is one of the main mechanisms of natural evolution overlap . Road to the understanding offered by the work of Professor , the strictly scientific and the popular , is absolutely invaluable for all those interested in the natural sciences, as well as the actual answers to the questions ” where we come from , who we are and where we are going .”

The Professor is a tireless defender of rational thinking , which is very valuable for us . Professor strikes at the very source of popular irrationality and unwillingness to learn, and hence , the reluctance of the world as it is. He is Professor one of the most effective critics of creationism and akomodacjonizmu , who under the guise of a false acceptance of the theory of evolution often precludes the evolutionary process of human consciousness , which believers call the soul . Thank you, Professor, for courageous defense of science embedded in the notion of a totally materialistic and naturalistic surface of the human psyche .

Kindness of Professor owe a great lecture in Warsaw and Krakow , conducted for members, supporters and visitors PSR . Thank you also for the way the defense made ​​a scientific worldview in its full form in the Polish media. We hope for another wonderful lectures of Professor for our association and its guests, which is a great honor for us . This modest distinction , we would like to thank you, Professor, for a huge contribution to the development of science and rationalism in the world, the development of ourselves.

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ME! My award photo, in which I look as if I had bed-head

glowne This, of course, gives me the opportunity to go to Poland again to get the award and see my friends.

39 Comments

  1. gbjames
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on wrangling yourself another trip to Poland!

  2. Robert Seidel
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Congrats!

    I find it astonishingly good for automated translation.

  3. Posted February 13, 2014 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Jerry! This is wonderful, though not as wonderful as when you won the Discovery Institute’s “Censor of the Year” award. The DI’s award is an even higher honor, in my opinion.

    It’s one thing to get recognized by friends, but to get singled out by your adverseries, that really says something.

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted February 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

      To win both is a rare annual equivalent of the Daily Double!

  4. Taskin
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Jerry! It’s well deserved. I’m sure Hili cast her vote in your favour. (She knows it will lead to more fusses from you.)

  5. still learning
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! This fits nicely with your Censor of the Year award.

  6. krzysztof1
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Gratulacje!

  7. Diana MacPherson
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! More noms in Poland!

  8. Posted February 13, 2014 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Congratulation!

    Uh… I’m I the only one reading Merry Coyne on the award photo?

    • Taskin
      Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      Nope, you’re not!

    • Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:44 am | Permalink

      Nope.

    • Diane G.
      Posted February 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      Nope.

  9. Richard Olson
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Now it’s down to whether the Discovery Institute, AiG, or the USA GOP is awarded the Irrationalist of the Year 2013. I suggest splitting the prize 3 ways.

  10. Scientifik
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    W pełni zasłużona nagroda, gratulacje!

  11. Steve Gerrard
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    “…one of the most effective critics of creationism and akomodacjonizmu…”

    I suggest using akomodacjonizmu in all future posts on the subject of accommodation. It has the right ring to it.

    Oh, and congratulations.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted February 14, 2014 at 5:01 am | Permalink

      I suggest using akomodacjonizmu in all future posts on the subject of accommodation. It has the right ring to it.

      And easier to spell correctly ;-).

      Here’s a tip: “accommodate”: two “a”s, two “c”s, two “o”s, and two “m”s. Are you listening, Sastra? :-).

  12. John K.
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I hope the Hili drinking mug is ready in time.

  13. Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Professor Ceiling Cat

  14. Larry Gay
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Professor “ogrony”. (Can we say that on a family website?)

  15. Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Here is the initial text eulogy for Jerry Coyne , which , in similar form, wygłosimy , handing Professor award in person :

    Woah — is that the Google Bot making subtle death threats!?

    Regardless, I’m personally pleased at this, because it inevitably means more vicarious enjoyment of Poland and Hili. Woo-hoo!

    b&

  16. Chris
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    That’s great, congrats again!

  17. Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Congratulations!

  18. Kevin Alexander
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Congratulations!
    And I’m thinking I’ll get made into bumpersticker Priceless are the work of Professor on speciation

  19. Jesper Both Pedersen
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Tillykke!

  20. Lianne Byram
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Congratulations!

  21. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Gratulerar!

    • Malgorzata Koraszewska
      Posted February 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      Tror du verkligen at Professor Coyne förstår svenska?

      • Jesper Both Pedersen
        Posted February 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

        Måske/kanske. Ellers må vi se om vi ikke kan lære ham lidt. :-)

        Torbjörn ftw!

        • Malgorzata Koraszewska
          Posted February 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

          Men jag försöker redan att lära honom polska. Svenska ovanpå det? Det vore nog för mycket.

          • Jesper Both Pedersen
            Posted February 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

            Hvis han lærer lidt ad gangen, er der måske noget af det der sidder fast.

            You can do it, Malgorzata. :-)

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted February 13, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

              A Chinese friend taught me a bit of Chinese & I actually heard the phrase she taught me on TV & knew what it was. I felt very smart.

              • Jesper Both Pedersen
                Posted February 14, 2014 at 2:42 am | Permalink

                You must have good ears.:-)

  22. Diane G.
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Congrats!

    And fun translation. :D

    • Andrzej
      Posted February 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

      Jerry, if only you had a cat from Russia the conversation could go like that: Иногда мой кот смотрит на меня, как бы говоря: “Вот я – кот, а чего добился ты?” and you could answer – Come on, I’m Polish Racjonalista Roku.

      • Sarah
        Posted February 14, 2014 at 3:38 am | Permalink

        Andrzej, this is far too amusing to be left in Russian!

        • Posted February 14, 2014 at 3:58 am | Permalink

          Yeah, what does it mean?

          • Andrzej
            Posted February 14, 2014 at 4:05 am | Permalink

            Those words in Russian means: Sometimes when I look at my cat, I have a feeling that he is saying: You see, I’m a cat and what is your achievement?

            • Posted February 14, 2014 at 10:31 am | Permalink

              …I’m a slave to a cat. Isn’t that also a worthy achievement?

              b&

  23. Posted February 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!


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