Over at The Bearded Taint's blog, the citizens have lit torches, grabbed pitchforks and come after me (again). I don't think I have seen more concentrated hate in one place. It's actually quite fascinating from a mental health perspective.

I left my own comments on the Bearded Taint's blog if you want to follow along.

The interesting thing is that I'm reasonably sure my haters and I have exactly the same opinions on the topics they are getting worked up about. But once the Internet decides you are a holocaust-denying, creationist, science-hating, sexist, sock puppet, all evidence seems to support that view. And in this case, these science-loving folks are basing their views on rumors, stuff taken out of context, misinterpretations, faulty memory of stuff they once read but don't fully remember, and that sort of thing.

I'll say it again because it is so interesting: The people who are hating me because of my opinions have exactly the same opinions. They just don't realize it because of the fog of confirmation bias.

I'm totally guilty of blogging in a way that was guaranteed to get this sort of reaction. I'll own that. I think there is an audience for people who are willing to play with ideas and not take any of it too seriously. The problem is that I become a target for advocates who need well-known enemies, manufactured or real. But I do understand that is part of my chosen profession. It's more fascinating than annoying. I love watching normally rational people get spun out of their minds by The Bearded Taint and his type.

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Jul 3, 2013
A site positioning itself as 'blogs for free thinkers' whose members apparently consist almost entirely of asshats who believe the surest path to free-thinking is to position themselves as the most intellectually, morally outraged member in the mob. Surely there must be enough irony in there for a strip.

If this is what free-thinkers are all about then I'd rather... actually, no, I'd still rather be a free thinker. Just perhaps not on a site whose contributors follow the 'self-obsessed children flaming in the comments thread of a YouTube video' model.
Jun 28, 2013

It's already proven that NSA uses private info as a Predator weapon on U.S. officials. Elliott Spitzer and Anthony Weiner were both hacked as an example also Rep. Duke Cunningham of the Armed Forces Committee was another victim, he was just paroled after 8 yrs in prison.

Former CIA chief General Petraeus, a phony sextortion scandal was at the recent secretive Bilderberg conference with the other Masters of the Universe.
Countless officials are presently being sextorted in private by NSA, CIA, FBI, PIMPS. DC madam Palfrey and madam Brandi Britton in Baltimore were both CIA/military-sextortion escort services now both dead, also 2 more dead madams one from Alabama and one in China. My civil suit against NSA PIMPS:

https://sites.google.com/site/CIAPIMPS/nsa: !$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!
Jun 27, 2013
You could be a fascist heading up one of our TLAs, and I'd still read Dilbert. It's typically funny, often profound (or just profoundly funny), which would by nature preclude you from heading up a TLA (meh). What "they" don't get matters not to me.

Merci beaucoup, Monsieur.
Jun 26, 2013
For them, the truth is based on trust. They aren't going to listen to the facts or you, Scott.
Jun 26, 2013
Scott appears to be taking his summer vacation early. So in his absence, perhaps we can talk about some other interesting and mind-bending anti-establishment ideas. Here are some suggestions for discussion (I apologize if these are deemed to be too controversial for this blog):

1. Read any good books lately?

2. Who is your favorite Nutrisystem babe, and why?

3. Are you excited that Marie Osmond is going to be a grandmother? Explain.

4. Anyone sighted Bigfoot lately?

5. How many words can you make from the letters 'A,' 'X,' 'L,' and 'E?'

6. Which do you prefer: dogs or cats, and why?

7. Can quantum foam be used to top lattes?

8. Can you truly be entertained by watching grass grow?

9. If you were a tree, which one would you be?

10. Should your socks match your trousers or your shirt? Explain.

I hope these startling and controversial topics will, after the shock subsides, help fill the gap until Scott returns.

Just trying to do my part in some small way. You're welcome.
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Jun 26, 2013
I have to admit that the only thing I find annoying about the regular Dilbert strips is that the evil characters never get what's coming to them. But I have been reading it since its inception, and corporate bollocks keep on being pretty much SSDD, so it would be hard to dish out any lasting revenge unless you were about to end the strip.

I've been reading your blog on and off for years, and have never seen anything to get up in arms about - it's just exploration of ideas. But I count more than a handful of webcartoonists among my good friends and close acquaintances, and some of them have shared hate mail with me that would pucker your sphincter. It seems to go along with the territory... anyone who puts any sort of ideas out into the ether will doubtless attract a horde of internet trolls who revel in the wicked combination of anonymity plus audience. One of said cartoonists is just wrapping up an arc where he mercilessly pillories these lowlife wastes of human cytoplasm, and it's been a delight to read.

Sometimes Dilbert hurts to read... because it's true. In fact, almost every day. But I keep coming back, because it makes me smile, and forces me to realize that the camel ejecta I have to deal with on a regular basis is pretty much the status quo everywhere - we're all swimming in the same creek, without even a canoe.

Thanks, Scott.
Jun 25, 2013
[ I wouldn't expect this from you out of ego or professional need, so my suspicion is that you have a more interesting underlying motive. ]

I'm halfway to suspecting that Scott and PZ cooked this up between the two of them as a bet -- "Let's see who can get the other's fanbase more sputtering and indignant!"
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Jun 25, 2013
I'm trying to figure out your angle here. You're spending far too much time and energy making rational arguments in an attempt to persuade a handful of rabid extremists who will never consider your views or thoughts. There really aren't very many participants, and most use such foul language and angry tones that they undermine any rationale they might have (which isn't much).

I wouldn't expect this from you out of ego or professional need, so my suspicion is that you have a more interesting underlying motive. I hope so, because otherwise this is getting boring to those of us who come here for intelligent and mind-opening dialogue.

[I don't know how interesting my motives are, but they aren't hidden. If someone says I'm an untalented idiot, I respect that opinion and move on. But if someone says I'm sponsoring dog fights at my Mexican estate, it seems reasonable to point out that I don't own a home in Mexico. And if I say it a hundred times, it isn't being "defensive" so much as balancing the tonnage of rumors with a matching tonnage of truth. On the Internet, quantity matters. Beyond that, the psychology of the Bearded Taint's minions is fascinating to me, so I confess enjoying the process. -- Scott]
Jun 25, 2013
@DigitalLives - I agree with the spirit of what you are saying about open-minded having two potential meanings. However, I have seen self-proclaimed "open-minded" liberals fall down on the prejudice and bigoted aspect as well.

Of course, you generally won't hear them say anything negative about African Americans, Hispanics, the disabled or any of the other groups that you might traditionally think of as victims of bigotry. But, let them get started on "religious kooks" or "Southerners", etc. and you will hear all kinds of untoward comments.

And, I am not just talking in generalities. A good friend of mine from the Bay Area vacationed with us in South Carolina a few years back, and we stopped by the local WalMart for beach supplies. The comments and assumptions he voiced about the "Rednecks" walking through the store were jaw dropping. Of course it was nothing I hadn't privately thought to myself, but to hear it voiced by such a professed "open-minded" guy really opened my eyes.
Jun 25, 2013
Has Scott stopped blogging? Checked the news and he does not appear to have met with a horrific end. Although the Bearded Taint folks may be plotting against him.

Where o'where has Scott Adams gone?
Jun 25, 2013
Hi Scott,

I don't really know why you've bothered responding to those people on that supposedly "Scientific Blog", it's a one-man mouth-piece. The level of the puerile and abusive language used indicates their level of intelligence and lack of reasoned argument, so why you would have expected any of them to have bothered to have researched anything baffles me more than their lack of cogency.

Don't fan their flames, they are clearly simply children that have an audience of like-minded adolescents who's only outlet is to swear at someone on the internet.

Best wishes,

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Jun 25, 2013
Dear Scott, I see you've still got a nice active RSS feed for your blog. Kindly restore the same for Dilbert Daily. Page impressions are soooo 1998. Sincerely, the internet.
Jun 24, 2013
First, the blog lost me at "pathetic anti-atheist" - clearly he hasn't read many of your blogs. Then came the comparison of a quote about why you wouldn't be promoted to a quote about why you resigned, calling them contradictory references to why you were fired. Not big on logic, is he?

Regarding AtlantaDude's comments on conservatives and liberals, I think the issue of conservatives and liberals being open minded depends on the definition you're using. If you're going with "having or showing a mind receptive to new ideas or arguments", then I agree - once an adult of any political persuasion makes up their mind, it's rare they'll be easily swayed. But an equally valid definition of open minded (per Dictionary.com) is "unprejudiced, unbigoted", and I think liberals generally have a valid claim to say they're more open minded than conservatives are under this definition. If they weren't, we'd still have segregated schools and gay marriage wouldn't be gaining support.
Jun 24, 2013
FYI- for those who haven't noticed- Scott hasn't been on hiatus- he put up this post, then wrote additional posts on the other blog. You have to peruse the comments (ack, my eyes!) to find them.
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Jun 24, 2013
Hey Scott;

Kindly get back to your usual wit and wisdom. This blog has been up long enough. Don't get hung up with the fecal matter being dispensed from a certifiable nut job.

Jun 23, 2013
[ They're fairly intelligent over there and have quite a few academics responding in the comments so you'll have some difficulty catching them in true logical fallacies. ]

If by "true" logical fallacies you mean things like "post hoc ergo proper hoc" then you may be right. But I saw them engaging in any number of informal fallacies. Being academics doesn't help that; in fact it probably hinders it. It doesn't matter how smart you are, you can still be incredibly stupid.

Totally by coincidence, I finally got around to reading "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins this weekend, a book I had been looking forward to for quite a while. Unfortunately, though Dawkins is unassailably correct in his take on religion -- and I know this because he echoes many of my own thoughts on the subject -- he is also arrogant, hostile, and flippant toward the people who hold the beliefs he is attacking. It isn't enough for him to destroy the arguments for God, he has to make fun of the people who advance them as well, and that's just wrong.

Interestingly, Dawkins actually references Myers' blog in the book, calling it a source of "trenchant good sense". It's easy to see how a circle jerk mentality can develop in that kind of atmosphere.
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Jun 22, 2013
Guy with the Tainted Beard is old news and boring....,

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Jun 22, 2013
All this attention, even negative attention, is really quite flattering.

Every complained about the social views of a gibbering homeless guy? No?

Of course not. Because he's nobody.

The fact that you're worth talking about is a huge compliment. The fact that they want to try to ridicule you, no matter how you slice it, is flattery.

Keep up the good work.
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Jun 22, 2013
I like the fact that there's a box one can check to "display only my comments". In other words, I don't give a rat's a$$ what the rest of you ignorant rubes think; I only want to see my own brilliant commentary on the screen!

You should rename this the "Pharyngula" option.
Jun 21, 2013
Boy they are worked up aren't they? Well done Scott, this could run for ages with a few heart attacks thrown in. Might get rid of a few opinionated idiots.
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