NARCISSCIENTISMˈ [nahr-suh sahy-uhn tiz-uh m]
1. the dogmatic endorsement of scientific methodology and the reduction of all knowledge to only that which is measurable by a person who exhibits the behavior and traits of pathological narcissism
How to identify a believer in Narccisscientism or a Narcissiscientist
They will use all or any combination of the following words: Quack, Quackery, Crank, Woo or any silly variation like quackademia, crankosphere, etc. These words are specific to the Narcisscientist and is a part of their normal daily vernacular.
They will use rhetorical tactics to give the appearance of argument or legitimate debate, when in actuality there is none. They are not honest brokers in the debate and aren’t interested in truth, data, or informative discussion. They’re interested in their world view being the only one, and they’ll say anything to try to bring this about.
A narcisscientist will almost always engage in online attacks using predictable tactics that can be identified almost immediately to the trained eye.
TACTICS (usually, but not always in this order)
Tell you that you are wrong
Draw you into a debate about the science or lack of scientific evidence behind your claim. Any science you present will be inferior, flawed and or junk science no matter what its source.
They will beat you to death with a prickish analysis of your lack of debating skills and try to show you their superior ability to prove you wrong by pointing out one or more of the “logical fallacies” (this is like the bible to them) they have determined are in your beliefs and statements.
If they didn’t start off being a snide ass, eventually they will. They will call you names and insult your intelligence.
If you happen to be prepared and well versed in your topic, they will realize at some point that they can’t baffle you with their bullshit. In order to avoid a draw or impasse, they then will go to plan B: Dismiss you as a waste of time because you are not worth their effort. Why? Because you just don’t get it and are incapable of understanding the truth.
They will then attempt to avoid further conversation or outright block you so that you can no longer debate them. They will then claim victory in the debate and chuckle with their skepduck friends about it. They slap each other on the back and give each other something called “Quacknowledgement” or “Daffirmation”. It’s a basic need for these guys.
So…why do you need to know this?
They are a fringe group of narcissists who at some point in their lives, saw an opportunity to exploit the respect and power that is given to leaders in the medical and scientific field and did what they had to do so they could wear the costume of a doctor or scientist and hide who they really are underneath. Narcissists of the pathological variety.
I’m not a doctor so it wouldn’t make sense for me to try and debate one of these guys on medical issues. I’m not a scientist so I’m not about to try and debate any of these guys on science. Thats the playing field they want you to be on. The higher education that I’ve obtained is through life experience. I’ve dealt with more douche-bags like them than I would care to admit. I’ve been around the block once or twice. I’m pretty rough around the edges and I know these types.
I guarantee that if I called out, say somebody like David Gorski, and challenged him to a debate, not on vaccines, not on GMOs, but a debate on the ethics of using your position as a medical professional to publicly be a jerk, he wouldn’t dare agree to that challenge. Why? Because he doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Who knows, maybe someday he might want to step out of his comfort zone and show what he’s got. I doubt it. As you will see in the coming days and weeks, David and his club of navel gazers only have power amongst themselves.
Oh…before I forget, here’s a perfect example of Gorski’s Narcisscientism on parade. Behold a recent quote from the Duck Commander:
…aiming some of that not-so-Respectful Insolence you know and love that I reserve for the most dangerous or plain ridiculous of quacks…
Umm…ok. “not-so-Respectful Insolence?” This is the part where I really have to try and control my hysterical laughter as I attempt to read what he considers “not-so Respectful Insolence”.
Lets visit the actual definition of this word first. Insolence means “rude and disrespectful behavior.”
Now lets take a look at the “not-so-Respectful Insolence” that apparently Gorski thinks his readers “know and love”. (Please refrain from drinking or eating during the following to avoid choking or creating a huge mess in front of you.)
This is from what he calls “Your Friday Dose of Woo.” Hide the children. This gets pretty bad.
Arizona is woo central
The woo is truly strong in this one
Truly, it’s the Holy Trinity of woo!
the general woo-iness of the entire concept.
so utterly full of grade-A 100% nonsense
It sounds truly woo-ful.
Woo-iness? Woo-ful? Wow. That was intense. Phew.
I think Dr. Evil would put it this way:
You’re quasi-insolent. You’re semi-insolent. You’re the margarine of insolent.
You’re the Diet Coke of insolent. Just 1 calorie…not insolent enough.