Skepchick's Top Tens, wherein I boot booty

Skepchick's Top Tens, wherein I boot booty

Skepchick's Top Tens, wherein I boot booty

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Dec. 30 2008 11:23 AM

Skepchick's Top Tens, wherein I boot booty

Last week, Rebecca at Skepchick posted her Top Ten Jackasses of 2008. I agree with her picks in general, though I would've put Jenny McCarthy as #1 (if someone posts a Top Ten list, you have to say how you would've done it differently; it's a law), or at least tied with Ben Stein.

To counterbalance that, she just posted her Top Ten Skeptics Who Kicked Ass in 2008. Again, in the same vein, I would've put Amanda Peet higher, since what she did was actually a potential speedbump for her career and therefore pretty brave. As well as critically needed.

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In fact, it seems clear that Rebecca should've swapped Ms. Peet's position with PZ's. What was she thinking?

Well, actually, her putting PZ and moi in a tie was probably the most politically expedient thing to do. On the other hand, a blog war in the comments of that post would increase her traffic considerably, though, of course, dropping the signal-to-noise to essentially zero.

I also (and I'm not being falsely modest, never fear that) would've put Ben Goldacre and Simon Singh higher than me; they went out and took a lot of heat for attacking pseudoscientific garbage in 2008. I had a good year personally, but these guys had a great year for being on the front lines.

But all in all it was a good list, and it gives you a chance to keep your eyes on a few folks who, no doubt, will continue to fight the good fight.

And another thing I like about year-end Top Ten lists: they make me think of the upcoming year, and what needs to get done. 2009 will be a year, like every single one before it, full of antiscientific nonsense. Whose butt will you kick in the upcoming 365 days?