Gregg Easterbrook is an idiot


  1. #1 _Arthur
    December 3, 2008

    He gives the cexample of an object hitting the Earth at 99% of lightspeed, but, being a twit, he then uses the energy calculation for 100% of lightspeed as an approximation of 99% of lightspeed.

    What a twit.

  2. #2 John McKay
    December 3, 2008

    And that tells you about all you need to know about the credibility of the Brookings Institute.

  3. #3 jonno
    December 3, 2008

    I think he should start his won cult/religion… I am sure there would be a few other idiots who would join.

  4. #4 JB
    December 3, 2008

    Tell us something we don’t already know.

    Like this, for example: Greg Easterbrook has a tattoo of a sea horse on his left ankle.

    or this: Greg Easterbrook arrived on Easter Sunday on Easter Island on the banks of an Easter brook — brought by the Easter Rabbit (or is it rabett?)

    Now, those would be things we do not know — as Rumsfeld called them, the “unknown unknowns”.

    But “Greg Easterbrook is an idiot”?

    That’s a “known known”.

    My nephew in pre-school knows that, for God’s sake.

  5. #5 ChrisC
    December 3, 2008

    Greg Easterbrook is an idiot.

    In other news, sky still blue. Sun still sets in west. Sarcasm still not funny.

  6. #6 bi -- IJI
    December 3, 2008

    But didn’t Lambert already tell Gregg Easterbrook to move over? Has Erika Lovley taken his place as The Idiot?, or are the two still fighting it out?

  7. #7 Bernard J.
    December 3, 2008

    “Dear God make it stop”

    I think that deserves a place alongside one of my favourites:

    “I just vomited a little bit in my mouth”.

    I can feel a collection of pseudoscience-inspired epithets growing…

    Anyone have any others?

  8. #8 cheglabratjoe
    December 3, 2008

    Just stumbled onto your blog by accident and noticed this post, and I couldn’t agree more. I used to read Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column, but now, if I happen to spot it while on ESPN, I just skim it for the science sections and send him an email explaining why he’s wrong.

    Thus far, I have neither received a response nor seen any improvement. I stupidly thought I was finally having an effect the past few weeks, because he was starting to passably cover science. But, this week he dropped his damn “maybe gamma ray bursts are aliens” bomb again. If I read this one more time, I think I’m going to limit my email to “OCKHAM’S RAZOR! LOOK IT UP!” (You know, because long sentences don’t seem to be working.)

    That he is apparently a science “expert” frightens me. But, there’s a bright side to this … if this clown gets to be employed as a science expert, maybe I can too! Heck, I’m not antisemitic … that can only help my case! (Cheap shot, I know … my bad.)

  9. #9 ben
    December 4, 2008

    Hey now, “not infinity” is a pretty good approximation for actual infinity 9 times out of 10 on Wednesdays in April 🙂

  10. #10 Paul Murray
    December 4, 2008

    What’s with all the space nuclear bombs? Methinks someone is chanelling L Ron Hubbard. Quick! Call Tom Cruise!

  11. #11 Chris O'Neill
    December 5, 2008

    They could shoot anything with devastating results, because the kinetic energy of a moving object is half its mass multiplied by the square of its velocity, or KE = 1/2 mv2.

    Obviously never learnt much about Relativity including things like mass increasing indefinitely as it gets closer to the speed of light. Anyone with half an idea about Relativity would know that getting somewhere near the speed of light would give mass a kinetic energy equal to the energy available in some nuclear reactions. Apparently this is a revelation to Easterbrook.

  12. #12 Eli Rabett
    December 5, 2008

    Bernard, there is always the ever popular screen spew.

  13. #13 Charlie Scott
    December 12, 2008

    Tim, you should be worried. If Easterbrook keeps doing his excercises, it will finally displace YOU from the Ranking as The World’s Nº 1 Idiot. But don’t dispair. You ranking will hold for many years to come…

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