Rational Response Squad: Amateur “Professional Atheists” with No Education [Trollville]
I’ve got a bone to pick with our generation of outspoken atheists, particularly the Rational Response Squad and their ilk.
Back to School, staring Rabidape
On August 20th “Rabidape” V-logged on youtube, discussing his education and his desire to “go back to school.” As it turns out, this particular Rational Responder has an associate’s degree in an obscure artistic field. Yet he speaks on issues including biology, cosmology, philosophy, and theology.
Now this isn’t a dig at Rabidape; I happen to like him. I subscribe to his videos and enjoy his arguments. A few of his V-logs are in my favorites. (Unfortunately the videos of his scrotum and him taking bong hits did not make the cut.)
I commend Rabidape for going back to school, if he does follow through with those plans. I’d actually like to pick up another degree or two. In fact, I’d like to continue my education until the day I die.
After watching Rabidape’s video, the wheels started turning: What exactly are the credentials of the Rational Response Squad? What have they done professionally?
The Core Responders: Uneducated and it Shows
This letter is directed at Brian Sapient, Rook Hawkins, Yellow#5, and Kellym316. What are your credentials? What degrees have you earned? What do you “do” for a living? From your website and myspace pages, there appears to be two degrees between the four of you, both of which belong to Yellow#5. Between the other three, we have “some college.”
And what’s with the names? I feel like I’m in a yahoo chat room.
What do you do?
Do any of you actually earn an income? Or do you all sit around in that house with time split between planning your attack on young earth creationist morons and clicking “refresh” on this message board all day?
And please, be honest, that anon donor who gave you the house was Sapient's dad, wasn’t it? Brian Flemming maybe?
Maybe this is too harsh. Maybe you’re getting an education now. I hear that between vlogs “Rook” is plagiarizing his way through college.
From your website I see that Sapient has “too many hats to mention.” Wow. Jack of all trades and a master of nothing? Why not start with earned degrees?
For example, the user cdk007 on youtube lists his credentials:
“High School Diploma
Associates Degree Chemistry
Associates Degree Physics (Astro-physics)
Bachelors Degree Botany
Masters Degree Biology
Ph.D. Molecular Neuroscience”
Compare yourselves to Professionals
Now, RRS, compare yourselves to Richard Carrier, Richard Dawkins, or Victor Stenger. Of these three infidels, we have multiple PhDs, years of collegiate teaching experience, and several published books. These adults actually know what they’re talking about. They have produced original material and they are respected authorities. Where were these guys at your age, Brian Sapient?
On a side note, I’m not the biggest fan of Richard Dawkins either. But he knows more than you Rational Responders and Dawkins appeared both put off and bored during your interviews of him. It would not surprise me if he shared my opinion of your crew.
Do you Rational Responders actually know what it takes to find something out? Do you understand what it means to actually know something? I hear you regurgitating the best arguments all the time, but what have you ever brought to the table?
You may think that google searches and online classes are sufficient, but there is certainly something to be said about those who actually took the time to earn their degrees.
The Ugly Face of Atheism
Until you Rational Responders up your credentials and experience you will continue to come off like the loose change guys: You’re amateur, emotional, outspoken, and unprofessional.
Compare Brian Sapient and Rook to the Loose Change guys:
Now I’m not a CT nut, but if you really believed that the government had a hand in 9-11, would you want Jason Bermas and Dylan Avery representing your position?
Again, I don’t accept these conspiracy theories, but you Rational Responders come across like them. And see how that kid gets all upset when the real scientist is talking? See his face? Brian has the same expression when Kirk holds up the crocoduck and bullfrog.
Your myspace says 29 yet youtube says 32. Not that I care, but why two different ages? Why don’t you get some self respect and drop a couple pounds? And is Kellym69's bastard kid yours? If you two are together and the kid is yours biologically, why not get married? If it's not yours or she's a widow or something strange, forget I said anything.