I am too mean!

I suppose I’ve been accused of worse, but one of my normally very sane commenters, Stacy (who has a great blog, here) has recently tried to make the claim that I am nicer than PZ Myers.

This comes in the wake of PZ admitting that I am meaner than him, at a recent panel discussion on Evolution, Creationism and Education held in Saint Paul.

As proof of the folly of Stacy’s claim, I offer this photograph of an actual event that happened during this panel discussion. The photograph is a little grainy, but you can see PZ’s head near the left side. That’s me standing. The person exploding in the audience is …. well, never mind. Let’s just say that if you ask me the wrong question, I can get mean.



  1. #1 sdrDusty
    February 16, 2009

    remind me never to p!ss off Dr. Laden!

  2. #2 The Science Pundit
    February 16, 2009

    Wow! It looks like you singed the white haired guy a little. Or were the beams focused so as to pass through–without harming–objects not in range?

  3. #3 Luci
    February 16, 2009

    To watch the Laden-Myers dream team deftly defying wingnutty, incoherent and allergic to research pontificators at public events like this might prompt the younger set to take a fresh view of science. These people are tough, what a cool thing to study. Hard to tell if PZ is eyeing you with approval or envy.

    You are both way meaner than Brian Switek, but it may be that the distractions from the red panda and other furry creature photos is to lull his readers into inattention.

    Knowledge is power, so shouldn’t the multidisciplinary and competitive crew at Sciblogs make it the scariest place on the web anyway? For those who ask the wrong questions.

  4. #4 gruebait
    February 16, 2009

    Whoa! Nice shootin’, tex!
    Just don’t cross the beams.

  5. #5 Romeo Vitelli
    February 16, 2009

    Greg! Didn’t your father Jor-El warn you against doing stuff like this before he sent you to Earth?

  6. #6 Crystal D.
    February 16, 2009

    You just missed my head! And I think you should’ve been aiming at Soul Man, he was more toward the back… :)

  7. #7 Laelaps
    February 16, 2009

    Drat, Luci figured me out. Take away the fuzzy animal photos and I’m just a rat bastard, truly I am.

  8. #8 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    February 16, 2009

    I’m glad I was way in the back. Nobody seemed to like my question.

  9. #9 Stacy
    February 16, 2009

    I don’t believe it! Not in a million years!… I think someone must have used photoshop on that picture!! 😉

  10. #10 Benjamin Geiger
    February 16, 2009

    Romeo Vitelli:

    All he has to remember is this:

    There is probably no Zod.
    Now stop worrying and enjoy your superpowers.

  11. #11 ggab
    February 16, 2009

    I demand a steel cage death match!!
    A year ago, I would have volunteered to be PZ’s muscle, but now I’ve developed a fondness for both of you.

  12. #12 Bob
    February 16, 2009

    I knew you had a hat that did that, but I’ve not seen the eyes do it.

  13. #13 xavier
    February 16, 2009

    You should start doing Sunday Sermons. Or would your batteries run down?

  14. #14 CyberLizard
    February 17, 2009

    Geez, just because she called you nice doesn’t mean that you have to prove how mean you are and call her sane. That’s pretty low.

  15. #15 Stacy
    February 17, 2009

    I believe them is fightin’ words lizard!

  16. #16 CyberLizard
    February 17, 2009

    Don’t get mad at me, Stacy; I didn’t call you sane! I personally take great pride in my insanity.