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Greg the Goofy Antiscience Guy

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…

  1. Congrats, Greg!
    At least they’re paying attention to you, and that’s better than being ignored. You may make your dream designation in the end!

    Regards, Kathrinn

    P.S. For what it’s worth, I think you’re an okay guy.

  2. Yay!
    We’re considered a threat to the Scientific establishment, WOOHOO!!

    Has the BA ever bothered to actually READ our News briefs? How does a site whose content is probably 70% Science-related is now considered AntiScience? Maybe he just looked at the logo at the top and his emergency siren implanted in his skull by Randi fired up automatically.

    Oh, well. At least Alan Boyle at Cosmic Log still loves us. And IMO his blog is WAY better than BA (it’s because of him that I discovered the Grail in the first place, so my gratitude is infinite).

    PS: And it’s probably better for your mental health to be the Goofy of AntiScience, than the Donald Duck of Scientific Dogmatism, whose uncle happens to be… well, you know 😉

    It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
    It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

    Red Pill Junkie

    1. Inconceivable!
      [quote=red pill junkie]How does a site whose content is probably 70% Science-related is now considered AntiScience? [/quote]

      Yeah, it’s a favourite term that Phil Plait uses on his blog. Often when I see it, I think of Vizzini in The Princess Bride, saying “inconceivable” – and Inigo Montoya replying: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means…”

      Actually, I should point that out in my post – I’ll update it.

      Kind regards,
      You monkeys only think you’re running things

  3. ROFL
    Sorry to laugh at your expense, Drew, but I found this in the comments at BA: “Wow, that commenter in that first web page you linked is weird.” Take it as a compliment.

    It’s the old pseudoskeptic strawman tactic, and the Big Bad Astronomer loves it: “read the off-topic weird comments there, too.”

    Yup, let’s attack Greg’s character by bringing up a completely unrelated poster’s personal opinion. A rational, intelligent person would recognise that comments on blogs and websites do not necessarily reflect the views of the website’s owner and administrators. This is plain common sense that everyone should know by now: even us grubby, goofy antiscience pyramidiots know this. But the Big Bad Astronomer’s cultists and dogsbodies can’t (and won’t) see the trees for the forest.

    But the Big Bad Astronomer does admit, “I’m a bonehead sometimes.”

    Sometimes? You said it, Phil.

  4. Plait
    Grubby? Maybe. Goofy? Certainly. But antiscience you ain’t. Half the information I get on science comes through your blog and links. Congratulations on your threepeat and keep up the good work. Dave S.

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