Against this, these alternative writers want to restrict skeptics like me to levels of polite formality that would inspire guffaws from even Victorian aristocrats. Of course, doing so means that criticism would be ineffective and would also create a false dichotomy whereby alternative ideas are granted prima facie equivalency with science. While they can use innuendo, rhetorical questions, fabrications, and ad hominem attacks, I’m supposed to pretend that they are dispassionate researchers with special access to truth who must be handled like visiting dignitaries.
Well, I don’t pretend. If I occasionally use less than polite language, take a gander what they have said about me; and I am not even among their greatest enemies. I’m not sure you can say my criticisms are any harsher than those offered by alternative writers themselves. I’ve restricted the following collection only to messages from published alternative speculators, or those who have appeared on television, speaking about how much they don’t like me. What they have said about more famous skeptics and scientists is very much worse.
Just the fact that you so desperately attempt to dismantle our theory proves that we are on the right track. Otherwise you would not feel so threatened by our theories! ... I will certainly not forward your questions to Erich [von Däniken], and his secretary has already been informed about your malevolent intentions.
- Giorgio Tsoukalos, July 29, 2003
Your other questions, by the way, are maladroit attempts to sucker me into saying something that you will be able to use for a work quite obviously designed to trash whoever and whatever does not correspond to your foregone conclusions. Sorry. I won’t play.
- John Anthony West, November 14, 2003
What else can I assume is inaccurate in this book [Cult of Alien Gods]? This guy just plain doesn’t do his research.
- David Childress, 2006
Stop talking nonsense. […] it’s merely to make [your] blog entry look longer than it should be. […] thanks – but seriously, I am not thanking you. […] Somehow, I feel I stir something in you that you so hate, that I feel that whatever I do, I cannot change that.
- Philip Coppens, October 2, 2012
I now realize that you and most of your followers are the very same people I have had issues with for years. I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, but no longer. […] In the past, the strong negative reaction I've received was based on fear and I sense that is part of what is going on here. […] Based on the evidence provided by this blog, I've concluded this [is] a site driven by something closer to religious zealotry rather than truly scientific thinking. Paying lip service to "science" doesn't mean you practice it.
- Scott Wolter, January 27, 2013
Jason, before completing your book, perhaps you should read my book, "Itsapa, the Itza Mayas in North America." You can download for $15 […] I really could care less what you say, except you are misleading people by pretending to be an authority on something that you are not.
- Richard Thornton, March 19, 2013
Nicely snarky comment Jason. Rush Limbaugh would be proud of you. He uses the same technique to accomplish a similar objective. He sells advertising time by stirring up controversy. You're trying to sell your books by stirring up controversy. Limbaugh is a pundit. You're a pundit. Perhaps you could illuminate us with news of any spike in your book sales that your Scott Wolter muck raking has provided. Clearly you've had a traffic spike in visits.
- Steve St. Clair, March 30, 2013
Jason should get another job and let us do what we know. […] OK Jason I see I will have to help you on your stupid questions. […] What you say about Scott or the show is one thing but you do not know how to treasure hunt or review anything. […] If you are so good at what you do, then do your homework.
- Dennis Parada, March 31, 2013
You live in a glass house, Jason, so you ought to beware the "rocks" you lob from your Skeptical perch. […] Your research, so far, is no "better" than anyone you excoriate. We are ALL skeptics, Jason. Question is, are you a "Big 'S'" or "Small 's'" skeptic? An rank denialist or a critical thinker.
- Scott A. Roberts, April 7, 2013
Hey mother fucking Jason asshole... do not criticize other person's ideas & their proficiency. You said about Morton’s education background. […] You sunner da mother fucking asshole, listen to this... any person can gives their ideas about anything , as we seen in Ancient aliens T.V. series.. but mother fuckers like you do only criticize their ideas. Immediately close your website bitch.. and fuck ur MOM…& DAD and rube ur peeeenesss hey hey...
- supporter of Sean David Morton, March 2012