It is with feverish excitement and intrigue that I can happily confirm after all these years I have finally been given the chance to debate, shall we say a nemesis of mine , the ruler of HPANWO, Ben Emlyn-Jones of Oxford. Although I doubt he would admit it, he surely sees me as a thorn in his conspiratorial quest for truth and knowledge. That old word truth again, what a wonderful word it is. Sadly it is overused in wooism and underused in actual science, ironically.
I have been warring on and off with Ben, mainly on his forum, since the summer of 2010 when I was finally a skeptic and no longer a woo. We disagreed from the off and some of our conversations over the years could always be described as rather tasty at times. The amount of times I have been accused of using rhetoric in a discussion with him is uncountable. He does make some very broad claims though will which I hope to address in this online debate. Yet I am his guest and he may want to get to know me more so if you are reading this Mr Jones here is a little CV for you:
I’m 39. I live in Dover. I support Dover Athletic FC. I play the piano and compose. Music is my strongest subject. I am a layman of science but I feel I will have enough to get through this debate. I used to cut grass for a living and I felt no pride and dignity in it whatsoever when I strimmed a load of dogshit into my face first thing on a cold damp miserable Monday morning. I have Asperger’s and bipolar and take several medications which help keep me/it under control. I mention that as people of the alternate thinking variety don’t like psyche meds or vaccines, or anything that helps people live a better life that without would probably lead to an early death. It is a good thing we don’t live in a Victorian society where quacks surely outnumbered actual doctors. Mr Jones would have been in his element back then, maybe!
Anyway, all I need to say now is come on, Mr Jones, when is this going to happen?