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For some reason I can do that with my nerdy interests a lot easier than with my atheism. Again - that's probably just me.
As for the celebrity factor - isn't that kind of a product of (at least American if not human) culture? People like PZ and Dawkins are far more what other people want them to be than who they really are, I suspect, and this suits people very well until the illusion is broken. And of course, it's always easier to blame the illusion for not being real than to address why exactly you're so upset when they are human/elated as long as they conform to your idea of who they are and what they represent for you, right?
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I keep seeing people get their knickers in a twist about PZ trying to re-define what atheism is for everyone based on himself. I don't see this. I think he laid out a context in which he wrote his post and I think a lot of responses to it take it out of that context and then claim that what he said is super off base.
I do think he over-generalized a bit in the blog post, which is annoying. But I just can't really bring myself to care THAT much about what PZ Myers has to say about anything, really. No offense to him, I think he's great, but I felt like he was writing a cathartic blog post filled with opinion. I disagree with people's opinions ALL THE TIME - I guess I don't understand why this is worthy of an idiot of the week slot when there are people actively DOING things to screw other people over.
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