Dumbass Visits Field Museum, Engages in Dumbassery

Megan Fox is a “lifestyle” reporter for PJ Media, the right-wing online “news” source. Her bio calls her a “homeschooling mom to her three children and happy wife to her husband of fourteen years.” And apparently she thinks that makes her qualified to go to the Field Museum and point out all the “bias.”

You will come face to face with her rank ignorance in the first 30 seconds of this video as she encounters the word “eukaryotes” on an information plaque in the museum and says, “I don’t know how to say this word so I’m just gonna pretend that I know how to say it.” But that lack of knowledge doesn’t prevent her from spouting nonsense about it. The plaque notes that all eukaryotes were once single-celled organisms and many of them still are today. To that, she says:

What? If many still are today, then that would support the theory that they have never changed, that they have always been as they are today.

No, you imbecile. It doesn’t. If you can make it through more than a couple minutes of this without drinking yourself into a stupor or punching the wall, you should consider that a success. Or a failure. Your choice.

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  • tbp1

    Interesting that comments are disabled on YouTube.

  • Loqi

    Because there’s no variation among organisms with the same cell count. The only way to change and adapt is by adding more cells. That’s why humans with the same number of cells look identical.

    It’s science.

  • eric

    Because there’s no variation among organisms with the same cell count.

    Huh? I think you’re drastically wrong about that. I believe there’s just as much (if not more) variation in single-celled organisms than amongst multicelled ones. They have bigger populations and smaller generation times, for one thing. For another, they reproduce both sexually, asexually, and have some additional reproductive methods which don’t classify as either. And for another, AIUI horizontal gene transfer is rampant amongst such organisms in a way that it isn’t in us multi-celled types. All of these factors would tend to point towards greater variation.

    The problem is, we humans tend to have a sort of blind spot for ecosystems that aren’t on our own scale. We underestimate pretty much everything about microbiota. Gould referred to this when he talked about the evolution of more complex organisms over time not being directional, but rather just a random walk. It looks like a progression if you just look at the human-scale world: we started off with no such complex organisms, now we have lots. But in fact the vast majority of organisms and planetary biomass is and always has been single-celled. If you think of all mutations as either increasing or decreasing complexity, the “progress’ we see is nothing more than the billions of random coin flips between these two options producing a high-complexity tail (with a relatively insignificant number of cases in it).

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    eric, *whoosh*.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “And look at these. All similar. All based on a Common Design. All must be from a Common Designer.”

    “Ma’am, this is the cloakroom.”

  • NitricAcid

    I’m pretty sure Loqi was being sarcastic, Eric…

  • bushrat

    I also disbelieve words I have trouble pronouncing.

  • eric

    Hmm…okay, missed the sarcasm. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea microbiota culpa.

  • Nogbert

    I lasted 3′ 14″. Is there a prize?

  • Taz

    Apparently this same useless idiot has been harassing her local library because they’re not censoring the internet enough to suit her. It’s cost them $125,000 so far in legal bills.

  • jimmyfromchicago

    I don’t understand it, therefore it isn’t true.

  • Matt G

    Yes, I also hate museums with all that pro-science bias. Luckily we have Megan Fox to protect us.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Taz “Apparently this same useless idiot has been harassing her local library because they’re not censoring the internet enough to suit her.”

    Taz, it’s a little thing called “Freedom”. If people find out about the library having it, everybody will want some.

  • jimmyfromchicago

    Yeah, I couldn’t finish the whole thing either. Does she ever explain how Sue the T.Rex used her teeth to crack open coconuts?

    I love it when creationists say this.

  • wesleyelsberry

    Copied from talk.origins…

    Some time back on the Evolution Echo, Tony Ermie was in denial over observed speciation. He would respond with a form of “Is not!” to any instance X by saying, “Still X!”

    I brought up the phenomenon of polyploid speciation.

    Tony Ermie’s response?

    “Still polyploidy!”

  • busterggi

    Ignorance is no excuse but willful ignorance is a lifestyle choice.

  • Abby Normal

    If we evolved from eukaryotes, why are there still eukaryotes? Checkmate evil-utionists.

  • scienceavenger

    Shorter Megan Fox with no loss of content: “Bla bla bla”

  • sc_cf67521d06de66549b93107fecc68ecb

    With YouTube comments disabled, feel free to leave your comments on her FB page. https://www.facebook.com/MeganFoxWriter

  • scienceavenger

    OMFG, skip ahead to minutes 18-21 and listen to her babble about dragons. Apparently she and her kids went to another museum that had a dinosaur skeleton that looks like a dragon, and she didn’t like the docent teling her kids that it was a dinosaur and not a dragon because we are supposed to let their imaginations run wild, and it is truly a dragon because the name it was given has “dragon” in it. Really. And she ends with a condescending “Language is important”.

  • John Pieret

    Great story Wes. “Still polyploidy!” could be the motto of creationists.

    Does she ever explain how Sue the T.Rex used her teeth to crack open coconuts?

    PZ sat through the whole thing:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/11/25/smug-and-stupid/

    I’m sure, if she brought up the coconut nuttery, he would have mentioned it.

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    Something I’ve found myself saying to creationists a lot lately: “if you believe that’s what evolution says, then you don’t understand it well enough to have an opinion on its plausibility.”

  • Michael Heath

    So I went to her Facebook page. I’m shocked to learn she’s also an AGW denialist.

  • colnago80

    This Megan Fox is not to be confused with the actor Megan Fox.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1083271/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

  • Michael Heath

    “Still polyploidy!”

    I now fear that I’ll recall this quip at dinner tonight and spew food all over my guests.

  • bybelknap

    I like the title. She “audits” the museum. I sure hope if the IRS ever audits me, they send her. She’s probably just as ignorant about accounting as she is about… everything.

    The blurb about the video is also amusing. Scientists are the high priests of the religion of science. That’s why no one ever shows them to be wrong about anything, why there are so many different ways to do science that no one agrees on. Oh, and the heretics get stoned to death or burned alive. Yup. Science is just like religion.

    Sagan wept.

  • vereverum

    @ nogbert #9

    I lasted 3′ 14″. Is there a prize?

    .

    A piece of pie.

  • raven

    Apparently this same useless idiot has been harassing her local library because they’re not censoring the internet enough to suit her. It’s cost them $125,000 so far in legal bills.

    We had those.

    The library provides both internet and censored NetNanny internet computers. No one used the NetNanny ones unless the others are all taken. No one.

    They still complained until the librarians said they weren’t the kid’s parents and couldn’t legally be the kid’s parents. I think now they are trying to make dogs wear pants or something.

  • John Pieret

    Well, I made it a little over 10 minutes without tearing out my own eyes … but the temptation was getting too great and I stopped.

    The interesting thing was the cameraman seemed more interested in the science than in the moron. He kept focusing on the exhibits unless she insisted on his attention. That and the fact that he knew how to pronounce “eukaryotes” makes me wonder if he wasn’t the one who suffered most from this video, actually being there and unable to shut her off.

  • Anthony K

    If Canada and the United States of America came from England, how come we don’t call French fries ‘chips’?

    (No, seriously, does anybody know? I have to finish this linguistics paper by tonight.)

  • Matt G

    If English came from German, how come there’s still German? And who were the first people to speak English?

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    It really should be illegal to be this stupid. This woman could hurt herself reading the instructions on a stop sign.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    Nogbert

    There should be a prize for anything that is three feet fourteen inches.

  • sytec

    Only made it 1min 37 sec….

  • David C Brayton

    That was awesome. Truly worthy of an award. Every single thing she said was just so utterly stupid, as if she were trying to provoke us. Either the best Poe of all time or she is the perfect reason why not everyone should be allowed to vote.

  • http://sidhe3141.blogspot.com JamesY2

    Modusoperandi (5

    Come to think of it, Common Design and Intelligent Design would both make good names for a line of clothing.

  • eava

    And she votes. I think jimmyfromchicago summed it up best. People who reject what they dont understand are what is wrong, and what is destroying, this country.

  • gerryl

    Made it to 3:33. Ow. Ow. Ow. I think my eyes and ears are bleeding.

    “homeschooling mom to her three children”? Pity the children.

  • Childermass

    She says that evolutionists think that fins fell off fish and they grew legs. Wow.

  • robnyny

    If dogs are descended from wolves, why are there still wolves? Checkmate, science people..

  • hunter

    tpb1 @1: that’s because she’s stupid, but not that stupid.

  • scienceavenger

    Homeschooling: pretending to educate your children while keeping them as ignorant as you are.

  • Matt G

    Knowledge should be shared. Ignorance should be kept to oneself.

  • freehand

    If anyone ever disputes Michael Heath’s assertion that fundamentalist education of children is child abuse, imagine this woman homeschooling her three kids. They will be completely non-functional as adults.

  • caseloweraz

    @Vereverum (#27): I think you meant “A piece of Pi.”

  • caseloweraz

    …it is truly a dragon because the name it was given has “dragon” in it.

    It would be interesting to hear her take on the Arthurian legend, that has Uther Pendragon in it. And what about those flowers called “snapdragons”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    Whenever I was at the Field Museum, or reading, or doing my homework, and I came across a word I did not understand or pronounce, my cruel mother would always tell me, ‘Look it up.” The work she made me do! Now I learn I could have just made up an answer.

    But, getting to the unspoken problem about her: Why is she married to a fourteen-year-old?

  • caseloweraz

    I spent some years of my childhood in Chicago, and I have fond memories of the Field Museum. So it was nice to see the pictures of these exhibits. Yes, I watched the whole thing.* But her narrative — not so much. It’s right out of the creationist playbook. Some excerpts for your displeasure:

    If the single cell back then were, you know, a Buick, the single cell today is… a Galaxie.

    Because everybody knows that Fords are so much more complex and advanced than Buicks.

    How do you know these were the first plants? Did you have a video camera there? Where’s the tape, I want to see the tape.

    There’s not one bit of evidence here. Because there’s no missing link. Not one has been found.

    This is what I like: real fossils. See? Fossils — that’s science. Don’t tell me how they got into existence ’cause you don’t have a clue.

    But why should she trust the fossils, if she doesn’t trust the rest of it?

    No one can make a robot that stands up because the human foot is too complex.

    Cave paintings of dinosaurs exist. Took me 30 years to figure out they exist. [They were pictured] in a creation magazine. They were in caves in France. There’s also some in Egypt… Egyptian hieroglyphics.

    She thinks dragons are real, and were seen by early man. But the museum’s information on early humans? That’s a fantasy.

    No one cares! Does no one want to know the truth?

    Right. I’d like to know who paid to have this 30-minute spate of nonsense produced. Evidently she’s done it before; she mentions one exhibit that was under repair when she visited last time (and still is under repair.)

    * I can’t believe I watched the whole thing! Give me some Alka-Seltzer…

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    @Matt G #31:

    English didn’t come from German. It came from a common ancestor of both languages (proto-Germanic) .

  • Matt G

    Hercules@49- please reset your irony meter. There is an interesting phylogeny of Indo-European languages which was published in either Science or Nature a few years back.

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  • dingojack

    No one can make a robot that stands up because the human foot is too complex.

    And as a reward — A tree, that doesn’t have dragon’s blood, despite it’s name.

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    Oops first link. Nope — definitely impossible to build a walking robot. Really, really impossible.

    @@

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    Can’t walk or hold a press conference!

    Dingo