Thursday, August 17, 2006

Awards Night! The 41st Skeptic’s Circle

[Interverbal strolls out onstage in his best bowtie and softly clears his throat]

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I would like to welcome you to the
41st Skeptic’s Circle which is of course, Awards Night! We certainly
have had many fine nominees in the last few weeks and I know that the
excitement is mounting! But before we begin I would like to take a minute and thank everyone who took the time to nominate someone for an award. Please take a moment to gather some refreshments if you so choose, I know I will certainly be getting some popcorn. Well, enough talk, on with the awards!

Taking an award for contributing to society by obscuring a legitimate
psychological phenomena in woo, we have ……Those who attempt to misrepresent deja vu
nominated by Dr. Serani

For particular excellence in biased selection of subjects we have…..
Dr. Hornig
nominated by Autism Diva

For service to medicine by offering a remarkable confidence as to the etiology of autism which is not evidenced by research we have….Dr. Ayoub
nominated by Kev Leitch

For showing us all the meaning of social significance in statistics we have…Religious persons who argue that turning aethist is a bad idea as it leads to charities drying up
nominated by Daniel Morgan

For offering a prediction which can only be described as the stuff of legand we have…
The psychics who predicted whether a panda was pregnant
nominated by Amy Alkon

For finally admitting he goofed up concerning his discovery of “polywater” we have .... Dr. Deryagin
nominated by Joe Kissell

For inadvertantly aiding in the parody of Holocaust Deniers we have…
Dr. Butz
nominated by Sergey Romanov

For the most excellent use of a map to try to deny a Holocaust massacre we have… John Ball
nominated by Sergey Romanov

For creative editing we have….
Religious who try to offer a natural explanation for Biblical events nominated by Martin Rundkvist

For taking a legitimate medical technique and absurdly twisting it, we have….
The quacks who advocate the use of chelation for general health promotion
nominated by Orac

For bringing new and exciting (very expensive) woo to the world, we have… The doctors who now use stem cell injections to promote beauty and energy level
nominated by Orac

For their long efforts at misinformation, we have…
The alties who claim that science is always biased against them
nominated by Be Lambic or Green

For his notable work discerning apples and oranges in autism we have…
Dr. Adams
nominated by Dad of Cameron

For goofing up the math royally we have….
Creationist who argue against evolution using the argument from large numbers
nominated by Mark Chu-Carroll

For making text book errors in their correlation research design we have… The authors of a Pediatrics article who claim that listening to raunchy music results in earlier teen sex
nominated by Tara Smith

For making us grateful that most right wingers are generally more reasonable than this, we have….
World Net Daily
nominated by Phil Plait

For possibly mistaking their mother for an alien, we have….
Alien abductees
nominated by Phil Plait

For fibbing about their religious beliefs, we have…..
Americans in general
nominated by Keith

For outdoing those smarty-pants meteorologists by using the moon to predict the weather…..
Ken Ring
nominated by EoR

For helping us all see the advantages (if you are a psychic) of being vague, we have...Psychics who make use of multiple endpoints phenomenon
nominated by Bryan Gillis

For notable service to epistemology we have…..
People who just know something
nominated by Bryan Gillis

For assaulting a straw man we have….
Joel Borofsky nominated by Matt

For having such stellar qualifications to sit upon a rationale 9/11 investigative group, we have....
The people from scholars for 9/11 Truth
nominated by Jim Lippard

For proudly helping humanity march into the future….
Those persons who in the 21st century still promote divination
nominated by Daylight Atheism

For shifting the effort onto someone else….
Persons who avoid the burden of proof
nominated by See You At Enceladus

For being in the bottom of the barrel in terms of accepting and understanding evolution...
The citizens of the United States
nominated by Joshua Rosenau

For helping woo slip into our daily lives we have….
Those who argue that common sense can establish a scientific proof
nominated by Interverbal

[Scattered applause]

I wish to thank everyone for joining us here tonight and all the award winners especially. If anyone is wondering what is the number of the next Skeptic’s Circle the answer here, as in other questions, is 42 and it will be located at Immunoblogging
Thank you and Goodnight

[Interverbal exits stage left]


Blogger Infophile said...

Nice job, but it looks like the link in

"For showing us all the meaning of social significance in statistics we have…Religious persons who argue that turning aethist is a bad idea as it leads to charities drying up
nominated by Daniel Morgan"

is currently broken.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Interverbal. Nicely done. It has, "Black tie" written all over it. :-)

12:24 PM  
Blogger Interverbal said...

Hi Infophile,

Thanks for the heads up, I fixed the problem.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Do'C said...

Hi Interverbal, a nicely done theme indeed. I appreciate that I was able to attend in a t-shirt and jeans and no one noticed or had a problem with it. Good show!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Alyric said...

Just trying to picture our Jonathon in a tuxedo. It might work:)

6:48 PM  
Blogger Lord Runolfr said...

Well, I was a slacker and didn't get in a submission in time, but you can still see my bi-weekly contribution at the Saga.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I liked "people who know something"

8:44 AM  

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