UPDATE: It gets worse. Chis Mooney has provided some additional details. As more and more is known, my tendency to say to ‘William': “oh, stop confessing and just get back to blogging, we forgive you” is turning into “OMH, you fuckhead, please slit your wrists now” … except I’m afraid he’d do it and I’d feel a little bad about it. For a minute or two. Anyway, check this out: Appalling Revelations about “Tom Johnson”
Reacting to a previous post, a scientist named Tom Johnson left a comment so striking that I believe it deserves greater attention. Here it is:
Many of my colleagues are fans of Dawkins, PZ, and their ilk and make a point AT CONSERVATION EVENTS to mock the religious to their face, shout forced laughter at them, and call them “stupid,” “ignorant” and the like – …
… When my colleagues do this, you can watch the attention visibly disappear from the crowd when you finally start talking about conservation and real science.
Exactly. In the real world, it is vastly more important to build bridges with those who might be different from ourselves so as to achieve shared goals, than to score intellectual points when only a small and relatively homogenous intellectual group is even keeping track of those points.
It turns out that Tom Johnson is the YNH blog guy, was not a scientist or a grad student, and made all that stuff up.
Later, Chris was moved to write a blog post titled My Thanks to “Tom Johnson”. Nothing major, just a “thanks” to “Tom” for saying … just the right things at the right time.
“Tom Johnson” has firmly asserted, by the way, that Chris Mooney and Shiril Kirshenbaum had nothing to do with this fakery.
If I was Chris Mooney, I’d be really really mad. If I was PZ Myers, I’d be even more mad.
Go to Oedepus Maximus’s site to read more aftermath.