Everything You Wanted to Know About Being a Crank Scholar but Were Afraid to Ask

May 31, 2007

Today’s Denialism blog offers how-to advice on being a crank scholar. And not just any old garden-variety crackpot. Mark Hoofnagle, a graduate student at the University of Virginia and author of the post, wants you to know how to be an effective crank. Just follow these four easy steps —

Develop a wacky idea. Disseminate your idea. Respond to criticism. Get persecuted.

— and you’ll be well on your way to crackpot fame and fortune. Because — don’t forget — you are always right. Judging from the comments the post has drawn, Mr. Hoofnagle seems to have hit a nerve. —Andrew Mytelka