[Coral-List] Insults to scientists

Matt Nolan mpnolan at lbl.gov
Tue Mar 7 11:59:22 EST 2017

We had the 8 ball award at boy scout camp.

An award is useless with out an equally imaginative form.

There must be some ugly, nasty, vile looking underwater critter we can
adopt as the "mascot" for the award.

On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 7:10 PM, Sheppard, Charles
<Charles.Sheppard at warwick.ac.uk> wrote:
> Sarah Frias-Torres says she has been called an ‘Environmental Nazi’ when she tells people what sort of things need to be done to help reefs (or indeed any of the oceans’ habitats).   Let us on Coral-List have a competition for the most imaginative insult.  I would like to offer two entries: I have been called in public:
> a ‘scientific fascist’ (by a lawyer representing a vested interest) for using data to demonstrate an unwelcome point – clearly a shocking thing to try and do!  Also, a ‘people killer’ when pointing out in a keynote at a sustainable development conference that the number of people already living on the island that the conference was held in was not sustainable.
> Our competition might award a ‘Virtual Coral’ prize to the recipient of the most absurd or imaginative insult.  Then, seriously, we should use the list in a well-placed article on this whole head-in-the-sand and denial problem.
> Best wishes
> Charles Sheppard
> Professor Emeritus
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