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Scientists are like honey badgers

May 8, 2011

Warning: video had lots of swearing and disgusting cobra-eating, but it is funny as hell.

It always cracks me up when people claim that there is some vast scientist conspiracy against their beliefs, like evolution or global climate change. I always wonder “So scientists are getting together and conspiring WHY? What benefit is there for them to lying?”

You know what? Scientists are like honey badgers. They just don’t care about beliefs. They’re badass that way.

Scientists care about FACTS. If you show up with good evidence for something, scientists won’t freak out and try to defend any beliefs they have – at least not if they’re GOOD scientists. They’ll say “Hm! That IS some compelling evidence. Let’s see what that means when we consider [insert variable here].” And off they go, doing their science thing. They’re not trying to support their beliefs – they’re trying to find the truth. They’re just as happy when they find out that a hypothesis isn’t true as when they find that it is. As Randall said about the honey badger “They really don’t give a shit.”

If your religion or political philosophy isn’t as badass as a honey badger, I’m not wasting my time listening to it.

  1. May 9, 2011 05:19

    OH MY. That is the funniest damn thing I have seen for awhile. Thank you for that, Sue Bob. THANK YOU.

    Also, as someone who was accused of being “emotionally attached to science” by a person arguing for the validity of Intelligent Design/Creationism/WhatTheFuckEver, that is my new slogan Scientists Are Like Honeybadgers. Fuck yeah!

  2. barbra permalink
    May 9, 2011 08:29

    As a scientist and science teacher, I’d just like to say thank you!
    Well said!

    • May 9, 2011 13:33

      Scientists and science teachers don’t get enough respect IMO.

  3. May 10, 2011 16:44

    Emotionally attached to science? Like that’s a bad thing?

    Whatever. Honey badger doesn’t care. Look at him. He eats larvae. That’s sick.

    (I loved this.)

  4. May 10, 2011 20:30

    the honey badger video reminds me of this one, which i think is funnier:

    and special bonus – science AND funny – this guy is my dream man…

    ’cause i am all kinds of emotionally attached to science. i may get that printed on a t-shirt or something.

    • May 10, 2011 20:31

      holy sh*t, i had no idea it would EMBED. sorry about that!

      • May 14, 2011 17:29

        WordPress is weird that way. No problem.

  5. May 11, 2011 13:50

    I roared the first time I saw this, SO funny!

    Honey badger don’t care.

  6. May 11, 2011 19:34

    Scientists are mostly just happy that someone referred to them as “badass.”

    • May 14, 2011 17:27

      Maybe I will get special backstage passes to the science fair now.

  7. May 12, 2011 14:25

    Archeologist don’t care. She just digging up bones and mummies and old shit with her claws. She just carbon dating that nastyass carbon. She don’t give a shit.

    You right, Suebob, you absolutely right.

  8. May 12, 2011 21:47

    look at that lazy fuck!

  9. Carrie (in MN) permalink
    May 13, 2011 16:23

    I’m not sure where I heard it (NPR?) but it cracked me up when I heard the belief that global climate change isn’t happening referred to as “faith-based climatology”.

    • May 14, 2011 17:26

      What faith says global climate change isn’t happening? (I know, I know).

  10. May 14, 2011 11:10

    Thank you, this post made my morning. 🙂

    I’m pretty sure that the combination of ‘badass scientist’ and ‘honey badger don’t care’ will have me cracking up all day.

  11. June 5, 2011 20:49

    I’m really late to this party, but AMEN.

    • June 8, 2011 06:06

      You’re late, but you’re always welcome.

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