Dear Mr. Bailey:
By way of introduction, I’m an American who was living in the south of France in 1991, subscribed to Reason Magazine, had it delivered in print over there. Have continued for the last 22 years.
For years, a subscription to ReasonMag was all anyone ever got for Christmas from me.
I’ve never had occasion to write you or the mag before. Have gotten stuck in comment threads at Hit & Run, though. Suffice to say, Reason has always been there for me and has provided, via its eventual digitization, endless sources of links in comments and posts going back years.
I send hundreds of thousands to Reason.com and more recently, Reason.TV, annually. I surely don’t expect to be enthralled by everything—though I must say that Kennedy has that certain menche, needs to be on Saturday Night Live as well…and eventually, a co-host spot with Bill Maher so that she can help him to get just a few more things right. I digress.
…How surreal it was this morning; to get up, check email, and see that Reason.TV actually has on an insect biologist to tell human beings that because evolution happens rapidly (for her, it certainly does— generations pass before her laboratory eyes in days and weeks), the “paleo Diet” is just a silly fad that doesn’t properly contemplate continuing evolution—because, I guess…bugs.
There are now millions of people in America and worldwide—millions of those still even creationists—doing exactly what the pragmatism over principle folks of Reason ought to celebrate most: Damn, screw the principles; this evolutionary shit fuckin’ works!
Reason did nothing for me this morning, so I’m not doing the homework you as science guy, and Reason should have done. But Marlene Zuk has been roundly lambasted from sea to shining sea about that book (the real fantasy is hers, that which well call a strawman), and not only from bloggers with thousands and hundreds of thousands of fans (millions in the case of Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf)—fat and prescription drug losing fans—but from scientists in her field (well, to be fair, in the field of human evolution). And in spite of the typical run-up pre-release for the book (NYT and elsewhere), it’s a month since release and it has a dismal 21 reviews (I had more for my lowly ebook in a week—100% 5-star). Of those 21 reviews, 3 are 5-star, 7 are 1-star; the rest, in-between in a rather normal distribution.
What in holy hell was Tracy Oppenheimer thinking? Not much.