….we can talk about what I do outside of the blogosphere to promote the non-scientific causes that are important to me. And cutting off your response before it ushers from your snarky fingers, a person who writes 9-10 rants a day on their blog, often responding to long articles elsewhere in cyberspace, and who has a day job (especially one in academia) is not, I guarantee you, doing a damn thing offline to promote any of the causes I mentioned or any like them. Through the blog, they may be asked to speak here and there about the very issues I’m saying are non-issues, but that doesn’t help. They’re wasting their energy, and it’s a shame, because some of them are rather smart, even if their readers are idiots.
Personally, I think defending evolution is worthwhile, given its importance to public health. All we need is the creationist equivalent of the NASA political commissariat, and things could get really screwed up. But Chris does have an interesting point.