I know it’s been about a month since this happened, but I have to say something. It’s been eating at me, and I can’t keep my mouth shut. Ben Stein gave a lecture in early February at Murray State University. I have two degrees from MSU, so this invitation for Stein to speak was disappointing. Stein is the idiot who gave us this anti-science propaganda. He likes to blame the Holocaust on science and scientists. What’s funny is that Ben Stein kind of promoted science and math in the talk he gave at MSU. And none of the advertising for his appearance mentions his rather screwy views. I think Professor William Zingrone, a psychology prof at MSU, sums up what I was thinking in this article written for the MSU newspaper.
What really gets me is how Stein points out the lack of motivation students have in the present day United States. My first thought on this topic is as follows:
How dare Ben Stein talk about motivation being a problem in students. If anything he should be apologizing for it. He denigrates scientists and other intellectuals, he condemns science as anti-human, he promotes falsehoods and lies and attempts to steal away the wonder from science-all the advances our species has made, the discoveries, the medical treatments, and more-and then, the bastard has the audacity to discuss motivation as a problem. He’s one of the people creating that problem in students. He should apologize for attempting to ruin American education. I could go on, but, you know what? I don’t want to waste any more time on this jerk. So I’ll just sum up.
Ben Stein, Fuck You!