Biology Intelligent design/creationism Medicine Pseudoscience Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Time to get out the paper bag again


I thought I might be safe. It’s been a really long time since I’ve had to hang my head in shame and contemplate covering it with a paper bag because of creationist pontifications of a fellow physician bringing shame upon our shared profession. It had even been longer since I had dealt with Dr. Geoffrey Simmons, a particularly clueless “intelligent design” creationist. And don’t even get me started on the whole “Physicians and Surgeons Who Dissent from Darwinism” silliness started by the Discovery Institute.

Now P.Z. Myers informs me that Dr. Simmons is back and dumber than ever talking about evolution. I just don’t know what to do. It’s hard to show one’s face around my fellow ScienceBloggers when so many of my fellow physicians like Dr. Simmons are proudly trumpeting their ignorance of biology for the world to see. Next, you’ll be telling me that Dr. Michael Egnor is making a comeback.

Too late.

Time to get a paper bag. Maybe I can at least use get one of those cool Apple shopping bags from the nearest Apple Store. They’re at least not ugly.

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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