I get that you like his comics Mars - I do
but what he's putting up in that comic isn't a strawman, then I'm not quite sure what constitutes one - or maybe we are using different definitions? The entire comic is basically a chick tract for him trying to present a case for evolution being bunk and that you'd have to twist the universe up so much to make it happen, that it would break reality. Here on the wiki we take the piss on all kinds of comics that push idiotic political and SJW notions all the time.
hell, there are even reviews of bad religious creationist webcomics - this isn't any different. We make fun of those, why not make fun of this?
http://www.rhjunior.com/the-probability-bomb-16/ - he presents evolution as something that "just happened"
Now, the academic in me takes affront to people who miscarcterize science - and the theory of evolution is quite well supported with a shitload of evidence. But RHJ doesn't care for that. His bible says a wizard did it.
his grasp on the bio-chemistry that underlies life is also either really poor, or he willfully misrepresents that as well:
http://www.rhjunior.com/the-probability-bomb-25/ - "water and oxygen is bad for organic life"
http://www.rhjunior.com/the-probability-bomb-26/ - or here where he tries to present the notion that just because we don't know with 100% certainty what the conditions where when life came about on earth, then it clearly can't have been any kind of abiogenesis that led to evolution. Nope, clearly god did it.
Then RHJ presents the evil church of nihilists - he doesn't even really say why they're evil or what they really believe in. We're just told they're evil and shown that they have a big fleet of space ships. Piss poor writing if there ever was any.
then we get a couple of pages explaining RHJ's young earth/universe creationism - where RHJ is used what I guess is 10 minutes on wikipedia and google to disprove modern astronomy, geology,
Lets take these from the top:
- he claims that spiral arm galaxies should have 'blurred' into solid disks. He just says they should have. What evidence? Who needs it. I think basically all astro-physists would just facepalm and shake their heads at this claim. In fact, I know they would, because I know what a centrifugal force is.
- decaying isotopes in earth's crust on various layers. He apparently can't entertain the idea that there used to be more of them in the past - and a lot of them have very long half-lives.
- next up he claims that earth's oil deposits couldn't exist if they're millions of years old, since the pressures they existed under should have meant that the oil should just have seeped into surrounding rock ages ago. Does RHJ think that crude oil exists in the underground in pure clean blobs that are just sucked up and poured straight into barrels? And there can't possibly be water or other fluids in the surrounding rocks, nope, none at all.
- next RHJ explains why he doesn't understand the water cycle or organic chemistry.
This bunch of slides here explains most of why RHJ is wrong on the point of oceanic salinity: http://www.oberlin.edu/faculty/swojtal/SFWpage/161Stuff/161Lect9/sld008.htm (the TL:DR is that there's more than just evaporation in clouds going on)
- then RHJ touches on the moon's distance to earth and the thickness of dust on the lunar surface. Again RHJ fails to comprehend the simple truth that the moon used to be a lot closer, and that at one point it will simply fly off (but that wont happen for a while) - and the lunar dust builds up exceedingly slowly, plus solar radiation can cause dust to float off into space: http://www.space.com/23694-moon-dust-mystery-apollo-data.html
- earth's axis spin and "magnetic field decay", which shows that RHJ missed the wikipedia page that talked about earth's magnetic field fluctuating and how it has actually flipped its poles in the past. But according to RHJ that's clearly not what's happening, instead its the earth's magnetic field that simply going away.
Look, with bad webcomics like gynostar, Escape From Terra, or Assigned Male, we all make fun of both the comic and cartoonist for presenting a world view that is twisted and wrong. What RHJ is presenting here isn't any different. Hell, I already linked another comic review from the wiki that covered a creationist webcomic.
never mind the politics he also handwaves into the comic. Not a bad thing on their own, but its just more stuff he can soap box over, making his main characters even greater mary sues
http://www.rhjunior.com/the-probability-bomb-13/ - apparently RHJ's furries are naturally libertarian. Because that's how god made them.
http://www.rhjunior.com/the-probability-bomb-44/ - and his utopic government can apparently pull money out of its ass on command, because sci-fi utopia
Look, I've said this over and over: I like RHJ's comics when he's not getting political - or at least manages to weave it into the plot of the story in a way that makes sense. His Probability Bomb is the other way around: Its a comic built entirely around him wanting to scream and shout about his political/religious thoughts on how wrong evolution is, and how insane anyone who supports the notion of evolution must be.
even poking around on RHJ's comic forums revealed that the comic pages where he presents 'evidence' for young earth creation were very much intentional from RHJ's end to push young earth creationism. Plus he doesn't consider it "snarking against science" but thinks of it as some kind of glorious presentation of 'uncomfortable facts' to an 'ideological camp'. He thinks the 'evidence' he presented in the comic is real and factual. http://www.rhjunior.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=3800#p152150
How is that any different from SJWs saying that all men are racist and that white privilege is real because they believe in it. The SJWs we make fun of all the time here, picking apart their piss-poor arguments and making fun of them.