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Happy Paul Nelson Day

April 7, 2008

Yes, it is that time of the year again, Paul Nelson Day. PZ suggests we should all make it a point to ask people “How do you know that?” today, and the ones who actually can explain themselves competently will be complimented by being told that they’re no Paul Nelson. A further tradition is that you can invent a new concept (such as “ontogenic depth”) and promise to explain it later. The wonderful thing is that “later” never appears to come. So, what concept do you want to invent today?

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  1. April 7, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Yeah, but if you choose the “invent a concept” tack, we get to say “You’re such a Paul Nelson” in an uncomplimentary way.

  2. Norm
    April 7, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    It’s hard to find the time to explain your new concept when you’re so busy writing press releases and creating “documentaries” describing how your great new concept is being actively repressed by Big Science. I mean, you have to have priorities right?

  3. April 8, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Hmm… I think my concept will be “God is bipolar.” I’m even willing to back it with evidence:
    God Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder
    After all, it’s in the Onion, so we know it must be true!
    😉

  4. HP
    April 8, 2008 at 7:43 am

    Yeah, but if you choose the “invent a concept” tack, we get to say “You’re such a Paul Nelson” in an uncomplimentary way.
    Of course, that remark exemplifies exactly the kind of conspecific antigravitas we’ve come to expect from Dr. Myers. It’s all explained in my forthcoming monograph.

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