Expelled and Infected, All In One Day

Now that I’ve been banned from Uncommon Descent, presumably I can now confidently talk about pots and kettles and things like that whenever I hear proponents of Intelligent Design whine about censorship. I disagree strongly with Richard Dawkins about a number of things, but I will say this – I posted something critical of his views on the Richard Dawkins forum and, while of course there were many who disagreed with what I said, I wasn’t banned.

From now on, I think I won’t say I was banned from Uncommon Descent. I’ll say I was EXPELLED!

Since we’re on the subject of Richard Dawkins, this allows for a perfectly logical segue onto one of his favorite themes: memes. I have been tagged with a replicating blog meme by the An Evangelical Dialogue on Evolution blog. I’ll give the instructions as I received them, for the benefit of those soon to be infected [sinister laughter]

There are a set of questions below that are all of the form, “The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…”. Copy the questions, and before answering them, you may modify them in a limited way, carrying out no more than two of these operations:

You can leave them exactly as is.
You can delete any one question.
You can mutate either the genre, medium, or subgenre of any one question. For instance, you could change “The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is…” to “The best time travel novel in Westerns is…”, or “The best time travel movie in SF/Fantasy is…”, or “The best romance novel in SF/Fantasy is…”.
You can add a completely new question of your choice to the end of the list, as long as it is still in the form “The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…”.

You must have at least one question in your set, or you’ve gone extinct, and you must be able to answer it yourself, or you’re not viable.

Then answer your possibly mutant set of questions. Please do include a link back to the blog you got them from, to simplify tracing the ancestry, and include these instructions. Finally, pass it along to any number of your fellow bloggers. Remember, though, your success as a Darwinian replicator is going to be measured by the propagation of your variants, which is going to be a function of both the interest your well-honed questions generate and the number of successful attempts at reproducing them.

My Ancestors:

My great-great-great-great-great-grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My great-great-great-great-grandparent is Flying Trilobite
My great-great-great-grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock
My great-great-grandparent is The Anterior Commissure
My great-grandparent is Laelaps
My grandparent is Quintessence of Dust
My parent is An Evangelical Dialogue On Evolution

My Questions (and Answers):

  1. The best scary movie in sociopolitical dystopias is: Children of Men [isn’t it great when a child agrees with his parent?]
  2. The best song that moves me inexplicably in 80s pop is: “All Through The Night” by Cyndi Lauper
  3. The best classical story in Historical Fiction is: The Gospel of John
  4. The best book appealing to both children and adults in Science Fiction is: Star Wars Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
  5. The most fantastic melody of all time is found in: the second movement of Kurt Atterberg’s Symphony No.2.

I’ll transmit this meme to five friends:

Hyper-Textual Ontology

Sporadic Maunderings

Schenck Thoughts


The Quixotic Infidel

These are blogs that I don’t think intersect with one another. Hopefully this will spread my version of the meme far and wide. [cue sinister laughter and thunder]

One last bit of news. Some of you know I have a new book coming out. If anyone is interested in buying my first book, John’s Apologetic Christology, they can get it at a discount from Eisenbrauns, who is having a special sale on books by bibliobloggers.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12344192935890766744 Drew Tatusko

    Maybe excommunicated works just as well?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03126711689901268060 Quixie

    This made me chuckle, as I was just responding to a net-meme from my sister by email. Anyone who knows me knows that I kill chain letters and “memes” at the root (I figure it’s the least I could do 😉 ), her chain asked me to send it to ten people. I only sent a reply to her. . .but I might play along on this one. It’s cute. Question: In this exercise, How does one arrive at a geneology? There are no directions for that in your post.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03126711689901268060 Quixie

    re: your new book . . . what’s the topic?I did a search and found an electronic version of your earlier book at the University’s library. (it’s expensive!)Judging from the description given, I think I’ll enjoy reading it.Let me know if you need a good copyeditor (winks).Ó

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    The genealogy is the heredity of who infected whom…leading up to you. In other words, how you ended up with this darned meme.The new book will be about Jewish monotheism and early Christian Christology. It will be published by University of Illinois Press. I’m basically giving it the last ‘once over’ and then it will go to the publisher in its final form.I expect this one to be more affordable than its predecessor! :)