Intelligent design/creationism Skepticism/critical thinking

Accept no substitutes for Skeptico


Grant crunch time or no grant crunch time, I couldn’t let this pass.

This week’s host of the Skeptics’ Circle, Skeptico, has been one of my favorite skeptical bloggers for a long time now. As a measure of how good he is, he now has a doppleganger blog.

Damn, I’m a bit envious. No one’s seen fit to try that with me, other than J. B. Handley’s rather pitiful attempt at cybersquatting the domain

On the other hand, it’s a creationist using Skeptico’s name. Besides, spouting bogus “critiques” of Darwin (just how tiresome, bogus, and unoriginal, Bronze Dog shows here) this False Skeptico has been leaving comments on other blogs as “Skeptico.” How lame can you get? It’s not as if he’s even posting interesting or even slightly original creationist twaddle. As The Real Skeptico says:

What a lame-ass – can’t even use his own blog name. What does he hope to achieve? To confuse people into thinking I favor intelligent design? To generate extra traffic to his lame site? Clearly, he doesn’t think that rational argument and evidence will be enough to convince people that ID is valid.

Or, even better, as Skeptico puts it in his Blogger profile:

I am the real Skeptico – unlike the lame creationist twit Kennesaw Williams who posts pro-creationist comments on the web using my name. Kennesaw Williams is Skeptico in the same way that Intelligent Design is science – ie he isn’t. Accept no substitutes.

Indeed. Well, it succeeded in generating traffic to his site, but perhaps not in the way he expected.

In response to this creationist troll, I humbly request one little thing from my readers:

Deluge The Real Skeptico with submissions for The Skeptics’ Circle by the deadline Wednesday evening to make it the biggest and best Skeptics’ Circle yet. Show The False Skeptico what real skepticism is, as opposed to the “skepticism” of Darwin he is posting about.

How’s that for turning a creationist annoyance into yet another shameless plug for the Skeptics’ Circle?

You know, this whole thing gives me an idea for a theme for the next Skeptics’ Circle. I know how I would approach hosting this week, if I were Skeptico. Let’s see what he does with it.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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