Monday, December 27, 2010

Biased Opinion - Margaret Atwood Makes a Fool Out of Herself, Again.

Margaret Atwood may be the most inane literary personality in the world right now. I've already discussed Atwood's ridiculous denial of the fact that some of the books she has written are, in fact, science fiction. Now, not content with merely being a literary snob who doesn't know what she is talking about when it comes to genre fiction, Atwood has decided to jump headfirst into insanity with the speculation that the moon landings may have been a hoax. But rather than taking the word of a scientifically illiterate woman who happens to be able to string some words together in a pleasing way, let's see what Dr. Brian Cox, an actual physicist has to say about whether the moon landings happened:

As Dr. Cox says, you have to be a complete moron to even consider the question. An argument from authority isn't always persuasive, but the thrust of Dr. Cox's argument is that the mountains of demonstrable evidence that confirm that the Apollo program did, indeed, result in six manned landings on the moon (not merely one, as Atwood seems to think in her dimwitted speculation) are so substantial that anyone who doubts them is simply a certifiable idiot. And Atwood's reservations - harping on "deadly radiation belts", "rippling flags", and "strange shadows" - have all been conclusively and repeatedly debunked time and again. She also seems obsessed with the state of computer technology at the time, neglecting to note that before the existence of computers, actual humans proved to be pretty good at performing engineering calculations with little more than pencils, paper, and sometimes a slide rule. And of course, NASA actually did have computers that, while primitive, were perfectly adequate to the job that they were asked to do. Literally five minutes worth of investigation would have prevented her from making a complete fool out of herself. But that would have required some research into the topic before opining upon it, which seems to be something that is not Atwood's forte.

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  1. I can't stand people who make claims like this because the real fact of the matter is that they don't know what they're talking about. Try to educate them and they call YOU the fool for believing lies the scientists made up to cover their tracks. Heaven forbid they look up centuries of proven physical laws.

    No wonder Margaret Atwood doesn't think her work is sci-fi when she doesn't even have a grasp of basic science. Or common sense.

  2. It is really sad to see scientific illiteracy run so deep, isn't it?