…wins our contest. We had a contest many months ago that no one entered. The contest was for ridiculous comment des bloggo. From the HIV-denialist rag tag fleet slowly fleeing the tyranny of reason (home of some classic classic commenters like Hank Barnes, etc.)
“Good God! DID YOU READ THAT? The paper that Chris Noble cited? Have these people no shame? To begin with, there are 9 authors again, the hallmark of crappy science. You’ll only find this phenomenon in today’s biomedical corner. In other fields, researchers still write their papers alone, or in collaboration with one other colleague.”
I present it to you so you might revel in its unreason and illogic. The more sciency and/or -ish readers of our very own web debacle might recognize the hilariousness of Wilhelm. I will deign to enter his the realm of his self-published! self-published! internet treatise at a later date. The thread from which this comment came over at Aetiology, is here (trust me, it’s a laugh a minute). A laudable Chris Noble fights it out with the hosebeasts, and sums up Preposterous Wilhelm thusly:
“At this point it might be a good opportunity for me to stop adding more words to this thread and find something more productive to do. I hope that I have demonstrated to most people that people like Wilhelm and Gene far from being “defenders of the scientific method” are actually profoundly antiscience. In their fervour to attack the science involving HIV and AIDS they are prepared to jettison all of modern virology.
Wilhelm Godschalk would have people believe that thousands of scientists working in hundreds of labs around the world doing experimental research on poliovirus and FMDV are all incompetent idiots who should just take his personal word for it that RNA viruses don’t mutate.”
I feel sorry for the run-of-the-mill fundamentalist creationists, because they are constrained by a 2000 year old document for their munchwaggonery, whereas the HIV/AIDS and Global Warming denialists have more of a free hand in their creative wrongness. The best part, similarly to proponents of Intelligent Design, the same goal brings together strange bedfellows. Uneasy alliances between different flavors of crazy routinely form and are destroyed within comment threads. It is like chundermuffins arguing over different dilution series for homeopathy. Water is water, chumprockets!