Alex Wild on insects, science, and photography
… is the apparent predisposition to Comic Sans:
Image: Sandra M Chung (via twitter)
Yes, that’s Ed Wilson, chronic Comic Sans user and group selection proponent.
Posted in: fun.
Tagged: The kin selection debate just got real
Also coauthor of Island Biogeography, author of Sociobiology, Pulitzer Prize winner.
@Sean: I am pretty sure that Wilson has won two
@Wild: You are going to take a stab at GS on the most famous group selectionist’s birthday–Chuck Darwin?! Not to mention founders of the modern synthesis, Leigh Van Valen, etc. On a side note, I LOVE your site and photos! I have already been sharing the heck out of ‘em. Cheers!
I had to look up Comic Sans – I thought you meant something strange, like comic strip depictions of bacteria or spirochaetes in meteors – but you were just making fun of him because he uses a font you think inappropriate? Showing you are in with the trendy fashion of Comic Sans bashing, I guess, and making fun of people who don’t see the world the way you do is always easier than disagreeing but treating them with respect.
I just typed some into a Power Point and it seems easy enough to read – looks a bit like well printed chalkboard writing – and even with my bad eyesight, I can read most of the projected slide in the picture. What I would note is that he has too much writing on the slide and it looks like it is poorly formatted.
Serif fonts are inappropriate for Power Points (especially for anyone with eye problems like macular degeneration), and perhaps Ariel or Helvitica would seem more formal and scientific than Comic Sans, but if you don’t want to take yourself too seriously, maybe it is a good choice. Perhaps Wilson should be wearing a lab coat too, but maybe he doesn’t think he needs to pose as a scientist, because he is one.
Yes, this post was a combination of two insider-y jokes, and if you’re not in on either it was a little opaque. I’m not actually making fun of either Wilson or Comic Sans here. Rather, my intent was to make commentary on what I see as the general inanity of the kin/group selection debate, by using a long-standing internet joke about Comic Sans as a metaphor. It’s sarcasm, but it’s not aimed at Wilson.
Sooo many jokes about Comic Sans on the interwebs! lol! My graphic artist friend hates it.
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