About Skeptical Raptor

The Skeptical Raptor

The old feathered dinosaur has over 30 years experience in endocrinology and cardiology. As a part of that background, they had extensive education in immunology, microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, and evolutionary biology. So this is why I kind of stick in a few areas.

Most of the background is research and development in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. Yeah, some of you will take that as proof of some conspiracy. But, science is science – the only thing that matters is evidence, and that’s the only thing the ancient dinosaur uses

Education

The old dinosaur has an undergraduate degree in Biology from a top US research university and a graduate degree in Biochemistry/Endocrinology from a major US research university. This was during the early Cretaceous, of course.

Credentials don’t matter

Given the amount of ignorance posted in the comments section, let’s be clear. It doesn’t matter who the withered dinosaur is, where they went to school (although if you all had a couple of functional neurons, it’s not that hard to tell), or what they did or didn’t do in the 65 million years send the end of the Cretaceous.

Mr. Andrew Wakefield presumably attended medical school, and he perpetrated one of the largest medical frauds in the history of mankind. Linus Pauling won two Nobel Prizes, yet wrote pseudoscientific books about vitamin C, which has no effect on cancer or colds. Tetyana Obukhanych has a Ph.D. in immunology, and she hasn’t written one accurate thing about vaccines.

The only thing that matters is evidence, not false authority.  If you present a point in scientific discussions that are supported by the scientific consensus, then it’s pretty much settled.

Based on this, here’s all you need to know about the old feathered dinosaur. He or she graduated from the Reseda Institute of VW Auto Repair and Janitorial Engineering. He or she worked cleaning the toilets of the Big Pharma Reptilian Overlords. But he or she utilizes only peer-reviewed scientific evidence published in the top biomedical journals to support any of his or her claims.

Because only of the old dinosaur’s long history, he knows that opinions aren’t relevant, and evidence-based facts do.

Skepticism

A skeptic (or if you write in British/Australian/South African/New Zealand/Canadian English, sceptic) is a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.  In common vernacular, a skeptic is someone who requires extraordinary evidence before accepting extraordinary claims.  Why haven’t aliens left some piece of their technology behind?  Or why can’t we find one decaying remains of Sasquatch?  As a skeptic, the Skeptical Raptor doesn’t accept the existence of a god or gods, magical claims in medicine and science, and claims made by politicians who don’t provide adequate scientific evidence for their claims?

The old dinosaur’s areas of expertise are in medicine and science, so we will probably stick with discussing those topics.  But if we see anything about Sasquatch, we might have to comment, just because.

Contact

You can contact the ancient feathered dinosaur directly through Twitter, @SkepticalRaptor.