2015 Pseudoscience Douchebag of The Year Nominations

It’s that time of the year again when we give the “Pseudoscience (formerly Quack) Douchebag of the Year” award to our favorite anti-science loon. Last year, the lucky winner was Dr. Robert “Bob” Sears, an anti-vaccine pediatrician. Who will it be this year?

Because he holds the title, Dr. Bob is automatically nominated this year. But I’d like to hear from you on who else should be nominated. Leave your nomination in the comments section along with a short description on why this person should be given this prestigious (not) award.

15 thoughts on “2015 Pseudoscience Douchebag of The Year Nominations

  1. How about Anna Stubblefield, the disgraced Chairperson of the Rutgers Philosophy Department? She has been a vocal proponent of facilitated communication, the quintessential pseudoscientific method that involves holding the hand of another person to make them type (the facilitator who holds the hand subconsciously types the messages, not the person with the disability). You’ll recall she used the method to gain consent for sex from a man with severe disability and, consequently, was convicted of rape in October. More here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/10/05/rutgers-professor-convicted-sexually-assaulting-disabled-man

  2. Apologies for the double post. I wasn’t sure if my first one went through because there was no “comment awaiting moderation message” l. Since I have had problems with Firefox posting comments on WP blogs before I tried Chrome and same thing. Please feel free to delete one of the ents (doesn’t matter which) as well as this one.


  3. I nominate Hollie Singleton. She was the Australian mom who got ripped on for planning a chickenpox party. reasonable hank covered it in depth*. The money quote is:

    “Truth as I see it is too harsh for most to accept: illness keeps population in control and is meant to eliminate the weak and build a stronger species. I’m not liked for that belief, but it is really how I believe we should be understanding our kind.”

    Not many antivaxxers are awful enough to explicitly state the terrible beliefs that underly their world view.

    *here: http://reasonablehank.com/2015/12/15/the-weak-are-meant-to-die-of-infectious-disease-chicken-pox-party-mum/
    and here: http://reasonablehank.com/2015/12/24/poor-hollie-singleton-the-chicken-pox-party-martyr/

  4. Dr Jack Wolfson, the ‘integrative’ cardiologist, who thinks childhood diseases help cull the herd.

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