Blogging Evolution Intelligent design/creationism Personal Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Nighttime, March 15, 2007, Washington, DC

In case you wondered, yes, ScienceBlogs is just a big cabal, and, as evidence, I present the following photo from a week and a half ago, when I managed to meet, drink, and conspire to take over the science blogosphere at the Toledo Lounge in Washington, D.C. with Tara Smith of Aetiology, Evil Monkey of Neurotopia, and Chris Mooney of The Intersection. The locale was appropriate enough, given Tara’s and my Toledo connection, and a good time was had by all.


Does Orac normally look like that? Well, remember, around this time, Dr. Egnor was at the height of his foray into making still more ignorant statements about evolution, driving me to hide my face in shame for my profession once again. Instead of a Doctor Doom mask, as I once suggested that I might have to get, I decided on a more appropriate method of hiding my shame.

It is rather difficult to drink beer this way, though.

By the way, my challenge to Dr. Egnor to tell us how the design inference of “intelligent design” has been “of great value” to medicine and has been a great boon to medical research is now in day 9, with no sign of him answering the question. Instead, he’s just repeating yet again his usual parroting of the distortion and simplification of history in which he claims that Darwin was responsible for eugenics. It looks as though I’ll need the Orac get-up a while longer.

And, yes, this is just another way of reminding everyone of Dr. Egnor’s mendacity.

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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