Let’s take P. Z. Myers at his word: “Nothing is sacred, everything should be questioned.”
Everything? A perusal of Myers’s blog indicates that there’s a lot of things he doesn’t bother to question. First, he’s an evolutionary biologist — so he doesn’t question evolution. He’s an atheist, but does not bother to ask what caused evolution.
Does he regard abortion and homosexuality as deviations from the primary evolutionary imperative to reproduce? Does he question racial equality and desegregation? Does he question affirmative action? Women’s rights? The sexual revolution? The Big Bang theory? Does he question academic tenure? Or ask if his own salary and pension are too high?
I suspect that Professor Myers holds many views sacred and beyond question. For most campus leftists, the notion “question everything” simply means “question everything except left-wing positions.” There isn’t any “I-only-know-that-I-do-not-know” Socratic humility with this guy. His blog is little more than an anti-religious and anti-conservative screed, and of course he’s been backed fully by the University of Minnesota administration. His antics are simply another example of political theater and anti-bourgeois hatred masquerading as academic inquiry, and further evidence of the debasement of the academy.
–Michael Filozof, Adjunct Professor, Niagara County Community College