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Not content with being labeled “a grubby” by James ‘The Amazing’ Randi, I’ve moved up in the world today by having Phil ‘Bad Astronomy’ Plait call me a “goofy antiscience guy“. Still far short of the “dastardly genius intent on blowing out the candle of rationality” I had originally set as my goal, but hey…baby steps.

Although I’m not sure how my posting a promo for his book (which I haven’t read yet) on my website, and in which I say it “looks well worth checking out”, becomes a “negative review”? Additionally, when Phil says I don’t “seem to understand literary metaphors”, I can only say that past history suggests that he thinks most of his readers don’t either, so I’m in good company at least…

As for being labeled “antiscience”, I’d encourage visitors to read through our news briefs and ask if that’s really the case. I have noticed previously that it’s a favourite term Phil uses for people he disagrees with, but it brings to mind Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means…”

All in good fun, BA is a great blog, whether you agree with all the posts there or not. I’d just hate to see what he would have called me if I actually did do a negative review of the book…