Sunday, August 17, 2014

This is What I Get For Offering to Help...

In the last blog I wrote about correspondence from a young woman that apparently was not interested in scientific interaction.  To review, she posted a note on the Stop Neil deGrasse Tyson from Talking about Science petition, requesting he contact her so that she could give his dim self some book learnin'.  She provided an email address in this public forum.

Dr. Tyson is a busy guy.  He's trying to disentangle fundamental questions about our universe, and may not be surfing crackpot websites, especially those trying to censor him.

To be of service, I wrote a short and punchy note to (we'll call her RK) only to earn a semi-psychopathic retort.

I get it.  Asking Neil deGrasse Tyson to contact you and then getting a note from Kevin Folta is a lot like ordering a pizza and having the delivery guy show up with a used tube sock filled with guacamole. I'm sure she was disappointed, but when life hands you a tube sock of guacamole, get the chips!

I took the time to write back a little softer note explaining the situation.

On the surface my note seems soft and helpful-- but the words within conjured a rhetorical shitstorm like I've never seen. The "ego" comment comes from her last note where she tells me, "Drop your ego little man!"  She's giving Valerie some competition in the zany department! 


My message disappeared into cyberspace, hoping to mend a misunderstanding or somehow illuminating that she just might be wrong.  However, my desire to initiate a healthy and useful conversation was dead on arrival.  My offer to assist was met with an interesting reply-- and I have no idea what she is talking about! 


Yikes!  I never visited her facebook page-- Ever. YouTube channel?  I guess I have no publications or even a B.S. degree...  Don't like that I offer to help a woman?  I offer to help everyone...

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE... 



I do kind of hope she calls my department and asks to talk to the Chair... He'd be happy to hear her complaint. I think he already has, and he knows all sides of this fiasco. 


Today's blog has two major conclusions:

1.  This is why scientists don't engage.  The abuse and threats from wackos are a turn off and make you feel like you are wasting your time.

2.  This is why Mike Adams and Vandana Shiva are actually dangerous.  When they encourage violence against journalists and scientists, there are a number of unstable persons out there like RK that could easily be inspired to carry out their bidding.  





10 comments:

Kent Wagoner said...

What a strange reaction. Unless she was getting a flood of similar emails, it makes very little sense.

At the very least, it certainly doesn't lend much weight to her POV. Probably not worth your time, though I understand the desire to educate.

Chris said...

Holy crap, what a nutbag. Funny how she talks about your credentials being unimpressive in the first exchange (which I assume means that she already knew who you are), then flips out about you not offering an introduction and I assume your whole CV, which can be found on your university website along with your name. Why the poop was she saying such false crap...

And ohhhh the humanity! what a creep! Emailing people... you should be ashamed of yourself you creepy little stalker... You should be compared to a rapist kidnapper that she tracked down and turned in for your creepy ways.

This one is lost Kevin, she will never change her mind. I guess if there's anything to be taken from this it's that it is a good example of what not to do for those pro science as well as the anti-GE folks. Spouting off like this does nothing to promote, and only makes ones side look nutty. Your approach is the way to go Kevin, no matter how many nuts they throw back at you.

Wth is a "biometric software recognition search" anyways

Jim said...

Sad part is this is one of the more rational responses I have seen from the anti science side.

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Roxanne Porozinski said...

I don't know anyone with more credential really. 20 years of education will get you more than a B.S. I doubt she knows very many people with as much education as you have had.

I am not sure how if she Googled you, that she came up empty-handed...must be that high-tech "biometric software recognition search".

It's a scare tactic. She is trying to build a case and try to paint you as a stalker/rapist. Mostly because nothing scares a dude more than being called a stalker, a rapist, or to be accused of some type of sexual impropriety. For her to threaten you to file a complaint is her way of avoiding the issue and a way of taking the focus off of the subject you wanted to communicate to her.

I would not contact her again, not because she is right, but because she truly sounds ill.

Janice said...

I'm just wondering about guacamole in a sock and that you think she should grab chips... that trumps everything else!

Sebastian Larsen said...

I want one of those biometric scanners for the web. Would make life... um.. I don't know what it would make? Can you fry tacos in it?

Mario Palos said...

Why do I get the feeling your email made her day?

Roxanne Porozinski said...

Yeah, she was so appalled and freaked out about you stalking her that she peeled of a 2 page letter to you. Who's the stalker?