Respectful Insolence

$#*! skeptics say

Ha! I must admit, I’ve said probably about 50% of these things at one time or another, maybe more:

Hmmmm. Maybe I need to come up with new “shit.”

Oh, and, by the way, I’ve been mentioned on PZ’s blog more times than I can remember over the last seven years. So there! (Oh, wait. Does that mean PZ won’t ever mention me again. Never mind. I take it back.)

Comments

  1. #1 Todd W.
    January 25, 2012

    I have never uttered a single one of those.

    And if you believe that, you may not be much of a skeptic.

  2. #2 The Christian Cynic
    January 25, 2012

    Yeah, definitely have said a lot of those things.

  3. #3 Groovykinda
    January 25, 2012

    Love it love it love it. Say these all the time.
    “Aren’t you a little old for an imaginary friend?”
    And as someone who used to sell “alternative medicine” (but never believed in it), the bit: “You know that doesn’t do anything” with the hand holding the Boiron homeopathic tube was priceless.

  4. #4 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    January 25, 2012

    The one in the list I wish people would just retire – “you can’t prove a negative”. Seriously, what’s that supposed to mean? It’s flat out untrue in general. Can I prove that the world didn’t end yesterday? Well, yeah, to any reasonable degree of proof desired. Can you prove that George Washington didn’t have titanium alloy teeth that he used to great effect in hand-to-hand combat with the British? Well, yeah. Can I prove that conservation of energy is never violated? Well, maybe not, but it sure is the way to bet – on the other hand, I can’t prove that conservation of energy ALWAYS applies.
    There are some “affirmative” some are “negative”.

  5. #5 bobh
    January 25, 2012

    As an admirer of your (and Pz’s) blog, I still have to ask, is the fact that you have “been mentioned on PZ’s blog more times than I can remember” a badge of honor, a badge of courage or …?

  6. #6 Bronze Dog
    January 25, 2012

    A phrase I’d like to see show up whenever someone tries to claim you can’t prove a negative: Modus Tolens Exception.

  7. #7 Aj
    January 25, 2012

    Mephistopheles O’Brien | January 25, 2012 2:11 PM

    Yeah that one always bugs me.

    Basically it’s a rather dumbed down version of “you can’t prove a universal negative”, e.g. that there X does not exist anywhere.

    Over use has reduced a useful concept from logic to a dumb slogan.

  8. #8 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    January 25, 2012

    Aj – I completely agree.

  9. #9 Glaxxon PharmaCOM Orbital
    January 25, 2012

    MESSAGE BEGINS—————-

    Take my Shills and Minions . . . please:

    How marvelous and droll this meme is! Sch’vaak emt pratzva v’Glaxxon tdreek or Shit Glaxxons Say is a huge hit in this sector (I simply love the one where she says “hold still, the bleeding will stop when you run out of blood,” I know I’ve said that a few times).

    Self-deprecating humor really helps keep a loose coalition of marauding species from killing each other. Shit Rothchilds Say to the Windsors is pure comedy gold.

    Good times shills and minions, good times.

    Lord Draconis Zeneca VH7iL

    Foreward Mavoon of the Great Fleet, Pharmaca Magna of Terra, Grand Vitara of Saskatoon, Here All Week

    Glaxxon PharmaCOM Orbital
    0000000001001

  10. #10 Orac²
    January 25, 2012

    “is the fact that you have “been mentioned on PZ’s blog more times than I can remember””

    Probably just a sign of vaccine induced memory damage…

  11. #11 Kurt
    January 26, 2012

    Off topic, but I noticed that there’s an AP article discussing results of a new CDC study on Morgellons. There’s a brief mention of opposing views near the end of the article, but for the most part it seems like a pretty straightforward discussion of the research.

  12. #12 You'll always be my world, Orac.
    January 26, 2012

    No! Not ‘The End of The World’.

    The end of ‘the whirrled’. Silly.

  13. #13 Catherina
    January 26, 2012

    Who is PZ?! *I* got mentioned by Orac (nods enthusiastically)

  14. #14 Chris
    January 26, 2012

    Who cares about a mention by PZ Myers? I have a whale.to page dedicated to a former ‘nym. That is even better.

  15. #15 Catherina
    January 26, 2012

    a WHOLE page?! Aww POUT – I just get cursory mention (stompsoff)

  16. #16 John Rael
    January 26, 2012

    Thanks for sharing, yo!!!

  17. #17 BillyJoe
    January 26, 2012

    A couple of years ago, a comment I made at the JREF, got the front page Randi treatment. What he didn’t realise, and what was obvious to practically everyone else, was that my comment was a parody of what I expected the contrarians to say!

    (I now know that this goes by the name of Poe’s Law)

  18. #18 Anorax
    January 26, 2012

    Hmm, cannot decide if PZ is cute or not?

    Anyway, good news from the UK sentencing council. Herb-trolls can now grow up to 9 plants for medicinal purposes and not face prison.

    Oh happy days, small steps lead to celebratory skips and whoops :)

  19. #19 Antaeus Feldspar
    January 26, 2012

    Go away, Jacob.

  20. #20 First ever whole plant medicine
    January 26, 2012

    Yeah, and Sativex is the first ever whole plant medicine to get approval.

    What an amazing medicinal plant! Still sceptical?

  21. #21 Anj
    January 26, 2012

    Guilty of:
    Snopes
    and
    “That’s a myth.”

  22. #22 Roadstergal
    January 26, 2012

    Tennant? Bah! Tom Baker and Christopher Eccleston.

  23. #23 J.L.
    January 27, 2012

    This made me realize I overuse “Actually,”.
    So funny though.

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