The old Skeptical Raptor has over 35 years of experience in cell biology, biochemistry, and cardiovascular disease. As a part of that background, I also had further education in immunology, microbiology, 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.
Why did I choose the name “Skeptical Raptor?” First, I’m a skeptic about unscientific and pseudoscientific claims. Second, raptors are cool. Furthermore, a raptor could be a bird (which is an avian dinosaur) or it could be an actual non-avian dinosaur. Both types of raptors were feathered and both were dinosaurs. And both are carnivorous.
This blog is all about chewing up bad science, anti-science, and pseudoscience.
Education of the Skeptical Raptor
The old feathered dinosaur (either a non-avian or avian 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.
Credentials don’t matter
Given the amount of ignorance posted in the comments section, let’s be clear. It doesn’t matter who the feathered 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, yet 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 does not affect 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 claim in scientific discussions that are supported by the scientific consensus or vast amounts of evidence, then that is the only thing that matters. If you use logical fallacies, bad science published in trash journals, or anything but solid evidence, then I don’t care what letters follow your name, whether it’s an MD or Ph.D., your argument fails.
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 the basis of scientific skepticism isn’t based on opinions or feelings, just evidence-based facts.
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 decayed remains of Sasquatch?
As a skeptic, the old Skeptical Raptor does not 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 supporting their nonsense.
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.
You can contact the ancient feathered dinosaur directly through Twitter, @SkepticalRaptor.