Steven Salzberg -
PseudoScience's Dim Bulb...
Opinion by Consumer Advocate
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
It is time for a laugh...
The pseudo-skeptic mini-machine is
jam-packed with losers - from those that
totally hide behind fake internet names
to those that (snicker here) pad their
high-sounding, but near-worthless,
qualifications, to attempt to convince a
reader that they know what they are
talking about. Pompous-Assity
There are just too many
examples of this extant in their midst. One
need only look at
Orac the Nipple Ripper, or
"Carpet-Head" Stephen Novella as examples.
They have almost a compulsiveness to puff
themselves, desperately seeking some, any,
recognition, even if it is based on false claims of
It is kind of the anatomy
of the entire pseudo-skeptic mini-movement..
friend, the other day, sent me a link to
an article written on the Forbes
magazine blog by someone named Stephen
Salzberg - who claims to be fighting
PseudoScience. He ought to know
what that is - because he lives it.
Breathes it. Smears it on walls
A quick look at his
resumé makes it VERY clear that Salzberg
could be a poster boy for EVERYTHING
wrong with our current
Scientific/Medical Research System.
What system is that?
Well, it is the system
that, for instance, told President
Richard Nixon, in 1972, that they would
solve the problem of cancer in eighteen
months, if given enough research money.
The project, called the "War on Cancer"
has, now, been going on for forty (40)
years, has a monstrous, way overpaid,
bureaucracy in place consuming more than
105 billion dollars, and has
accomplished not one thing towards
Not one thing - except
excuses, and requests for more money.
isn't into Cancer Research... It's
worse than that.
He's in, he claims, "Bioinformatics."
Is he a scientist, as he attempts to
portray himself in his articles?
Nope. He is a software engineer.
Think of an office full of junk food
litter, half-eaten pizzas, spilled cola,
sticky keyboards, stained carpet, a smell in the air of
unwashed bodies, old porn magazines
folded up under a table leg to level the
surface. And, no interface with
people. None whatsoever.
Typical pseudo-skeptic material.
(sarcasm intended). The guy uses a
computer. Wow. How special
(more sarcasm here).
More, Salzberg attaches himself, with
his claims, to genetic, or human genome,
research, so, I guess, we will all be
impressed with him. Why would he
do that? Apparently, so he can sound like the
kind of high-born, so-to-speak, that
could actually criticize (as he did in
his AutismOne article) a Nobel laureate
Luc Montagnier, co-discoverer of the
link between the HIV virus and AIDS.
The truth is that Salzberg is so far
down the scientific research chain that
he, in his entire lifetime, during his
entire life work, never once even saw
anyone in a meeting, in a hallway, or in
conference, that could even be invited
to attend a Nobel conference, much less
be nominated for the prize. In
short - pseudo-science by a
But, I'll bet he is a big hit in his
local "Skeptics in the Pub" group.
More, and extremely important, is that
Salzberg, in his blog article, only got
about 16,000 hits, most, probably, from
angry Autism parents, many of which told
him, in the comments section, what an
idiot he is.. Forbes isn't going
to sell any advertising on this guy's
So, what this
human genome research? Is it
Maybe, maybe not.
I see two areas to criticize: (1) One
more huge bureaucracy is being established around it
- which means the science, if there ever was
any science, is doomed to failure. Frankly, it looks
like a scientific plaything to me - sort of "full
employment for the mediocre pseudo-scientific wanna-be."
(2) There really is a whole nut-wing of these
people that sell the idea that they can build a
Their whole concept is that they can create a
vaccine (yup, a vaccine) that if injected at 30
years old, can change the DNA so that people do not
get aging diseases, etc. For only a measly
They are wanting to build GMO people. Yup,
shades of Monsanto, applied to humans. And,
they plan on owning your DNA.
These are the people that keep trying to convince
the world that Autistic children are the product of
gene defective parents - meaning that the children
of those parents cannot accept, just like
agriculture, huge amounts of chemicals - so they
want to change the human population to withstand
Roundup, mercury, whatever.
Sound nuts? Well, it is. Are
they getting anywhere? So far, all the
Tim Bolen - Consumer