The Eskimo thing is an actual argument. The Mel Gibson thing isn’t, but Mike Pence might believe it.

Discussion (40)¬

  1. Raymond says:

    “True.” It’s such a… fuzzy word.

  2. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    “I think she was actually crying”, said Mo.
    “Welcome to my pain”, said America.

  3. machigai says:

    No wonder she was crying, this is sad.

  4. Tom S. Fox says:

    With laughter, I assume.

  5. DC Toronto says:

    A little bit of sanity in a f@cked up world.

  6. tfkreference says:

    The Eskimo link is a compendium of misleading arguments. The site even has an image of Darwin with the eye quote, and to make it worse, a link to the “full” quote on Goodreads, which was posted with an ellipsis in it (guess what is left out).

  7. CanuckAmuck says:

    That anti-evolution site you linked to certainly was a concise concentration of blithering idiocy.

  8. Silvio says:

    before I will saiy that this is a fringe movement of cray lunatics, referring to the link to the article. But today after witnessing the election of a crazy nuts to the presidency of the most powerful nation yet I’m really scare. A nation that put men on the Moon, created a huge atomic arsenal, computers, internet, quantum computing, antibiotics, GMO, etc based on everything they denied… ooops, all conspiracy theories, teach the controversy of course, sorry, I’m not open minded, that’s my issue. I only read science based articles, how do I dare?

  9. jean-françois gauthier says:


    in 1952, the u.s.a. elected, along with eisenhower, a whole bunch of crazies like joseph mccarthy. anti-intellectualism that had been rampant exploded into the public scene. “god” appeared everywhere from banknotes to the pledge of allegiance. artists, celebrities and teachers became suspect, intellect became a sign of weakness or of treasonous thought, atheism was equated with communism.

    according to richard hofstadter, it took the sputnik to yank them out of that funk. “woops? where did we go wrong?!?”

    i don’t know what it will take this time around. hopefully nothing that destroys the world.

    (if i were mike godwin, i’d create the “rule of trump analogies” right now, before somebody else coins it!)

  10. Sheila says:

    Holy christ on a cracker. That person has no understanding at all of biology…. and then he goes on to talk about aliens and freemasons??? D:

  11. I made the mistake of clicking on the link. Statement after statement saying that evolution is wrong. Two pages in I was starting to believe it. Oh no. My whole understanding of reality has been shaken. Not stirred, I tell you. Shaken.

    Fuck me. Why have I never considered those arguments before. They make such logical sense. And all the evidence we have for evolution, all the times the theory has made a prediction that has been found corroborative, from the pharyngeal nerve of the giraffe to the fused genes of humans, all the years that scientists have looked at the natural world and found explanations based on the theory, lives spent measuring bird beaks on remote islands, years spent searching jungles for a moth with a very very long proboscis, years spent finding examples of each developmental stage of the eye, all that wasted effort when the answer was right before us, known for thousand of years, so very simple. God did it. How could I be so fuckin’ blind, eh.
    Once again, Author, you have enlightened my morning. Thank you.

  12. Damn. Even the edit function’s return did not help me. Laryngeal nerve, not pharyngeal nerve.

  13. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Ha! Monkeys ALWAYS give birth to monkeys, cats ALWAYS produce cats, ONLY baby chickens hatch from a chicken egg. Evolution schmevolution I say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There you go, President elect Trump; can I be in charge of scientificalism and edumacation, please?

    It’s bloody cold tonight. Global warning is a leftie hoax.
    Environment Secretary, if scientificalism is taken. It’s in the bag, I tells ya.

  14. Graham ASH-PORTER says:

    Crying? Laughing more like!

  15. But Eskimos ARE furry! And it’s removable fur too!!!

  16. Damion Royce says:

    I can’t find how to share this on facebook – or don’t you want people sharing it?

  17. Author says:

    Damion, there should be a row of share buttons on the left of the page next to the comic if your on a desktop computer. If on a mobile device, they should be at the top.

  18. AlexanderTheGoodEnough says:

    Damion, and Author: If one has ad-blocking or tracker blocking enabled, the share buttons will not appear. Personally, I believe Facebook to be the work of Beelzebub himself.

  19. John B. Hodges says:

    I tried a tag/link, and (among much else) it said that eskimos were “dark-skinned”. ???? As I recall they look asian and/or “native American”, what we used to call “redskins”. Barely off-white. Possibly because of the glare from snow and ice, their yearly average exposure to ultraviolet is higher than northern Europeans.

  20. dr John de Wipper says:

    Possibly because of the glare from snow and ice, their yearly average exposure to ultraviolet is higher than northern Europeans.
    Another factor that is much less known than should be: they actually live FARTHER south than nothern Europeans! (look up the polar circle in Canada and Greenland, and compare Scandinavia.)
    The warm Gulfstream heats up western Europe, which is not really the case in Canada.

  21. Jim Baerg says:

    Don’t the Inuit get vitamin D from eating seafood? If so they don’t need to be light skinned.

  22. […] The new Jesus and Mo strip, called “furry”, shows Mo raising a few dumb creationists questions about evolution, although the “Why aren’t there furry Eskimos?” issue is new to me. (The word is “Inuit,” now, and they didn’t need fur because they had clothes.) […]

  23. jb says:

    The genetics of skin color is interesting, and has become much better understood in recent years. Here is a recent blog post that talks about why Northeast Asians are light skinned, and an older post in which a different author advances his own somewhat unorthodox theories (and mentions the Inuit/Vitamin D thing).

  24. LindaR says:

    ‘The Theory of Evolution will never become a law of science because it is wrought with errors. This is why it is still called a theory, instead of a law. ‘

    Oh deary, deary, me. The second sentence of that ridiculous article, and already demonstrating a complete lack of understanding of what ‘theory’ really means…

  25. foundationist says:

    There are also many other interesting revelations on the site behind the link: from UFOs and crystal skulls to many insightful articles about the New World Order (spoiler: the Jews are behind it all), chemtrails and even the nowadays rather unfationable 1980s scare “pedophile satanist networks”, the latter being linked to the New World Order people and the Rothschilds. The whole site is one of the best demonstrations of Poe’s law I’ve ever seen.

  26. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Ok, against my better judgement I took a look at Author’s link. Colour me shocked that my ‘argument’ in my first post was there, but what impressed me (and I use the word ‘impressed’ quite wrongly) was that the site owner follows the article on evolution by stating that the ID crowd dismiss the evidence for evolution without actually having any evidence of their own. A reasonable position, one may think, until one reads further; the reason there is no evidence either for evolution or for ID is obvious; it’s aliens, he asserts, with absolutely no supporting evidence.

    Also had to admire his bold claim that scientists today hold the view that if they cannot find the evidence then they have to accept an outside agent as the cause of speciation. And there was I thinking that if scientists can’t figure something out they continue with research until they do.

    Now please excuse me whilst I go and wash my brain.

  27. Raymond says:

    “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
    – Anaïs Nin

  28. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Also from that site is the claim that evolution is false because evolution scientists can explain neither the origin of matter nor the structure of the Universe.
    Maybe they should try asking physicists instead of biologists.

    If anybody really fancies a damned good laugh (albeit one tempered by the shocking levels of ignorance so proudly displayed), go to the site Author linked to below the cartoon and scroll down to the last ‘scientific fact’ (no. 9); in the blue box is a link (Why the Big Bang is a fizzle……) leading to a masterclass in ignorance.
    Did you know, for example, that current scientific theory tells us that each star has to explode several times (that’s the same star exploding multiple times!) in order to make elements heavier than helium and hydrogen? Or that scientists believe that the B.B. was caused when nothingness decided to clump together, then decided to explode?

  29. pink squirrel says:

    I tried the link too AoS – it closely resembled mental assault on my mind

  30. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    I was quite surprised to learn that nuclear fusion is not the reason the sun is hot and bright, and that instead the energy it emits is caused by nothing more than shrinkage! Apparently not enough neutrinos hit the Earth as would if it were nuclear.

    Pink squirrel, “….mental assault on my mind.”; what else other than the mind would a mental assault affect?

  31. dr John de Wipper says:

    I also had the courage to “work through” the link.
    It actually was doable, after I reset my cadre of reference from “science” to “Grimm brothers” ……

  32. Grumpy says:

    AoS: Thanks for tip on washing brain, now in tumble dryer trying to beat some sense back into it.

  33. machigai says:

    I cannot see comments in the next comic.
    I do not have “Next” or “Last” bottons on this comic.

  34. machigai says:

    The buttons are there now that I have submitted a comment.

  35. Author says:

    machigai – It’s a cacheing thing. I don’t pretend to understand it.

  36. machigai says:

    Oh well, what the hell.

  37. smartalek says:

    their yearly average exposure to ultraviolet is higher than northern Europeans

    I dunno — every Northern European I’ve ever met has, from time to time, gotten pretty dam’ high.
    Or did you mean “higher than that of Northern Europeans”?

  38. smartalek says:

    That site helpfully informs us that the people of the Nordic countries and Russia have “blood hair.”
    At first, I thought it a typo for “blond.”
    But then I remembered that many of the anti-science types are also white supremacists, some of whom speak of “blood in the face” (an ability to visibly flush when angry) as a marker of racial purity.
    So maybe “blood hair” is a thing, too.
    Who am I to judge?

  39. Troubleshooter says:

    For those who are interested, we don’t hear from the barmaid in this vignette because she is doing her best not to explode with laughter. Though we don’t see her, she is likely doubled over and smirking nearly uncontrollably, poor dear!


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