I have arrived as a skeptic, part 2

By Phil Plait | January 8, 2010 10:59 am

sgu_logoThe Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe is one of my favorite podcasts. It’s funny, informative, goofy, but most importantly goes right to the heart of a lot of issues important to the critical thinker.

I’ve done a lot of interviews with them, and sometimes they call me at the last minute when there’s some breaking astronomy news. So a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t too surprised when Steve Novella sent me a note asking if I could record with them that evening for their annual year-end wrapup episode.

What did surprise me is why they wanted me on: the SGU listeners had voted for me as Skeptic of the Year!

Well, wow! I was really floored when they told me this during the interview. It was totally unexpected, and quite an honor. I made some jokes about it in the interview, but now that I’ve had some time to think about it, I want to reiterate how honored I am. It was a great year for skepticism and skeptics themselves, with Simon Singh publicly defending himself from craven chiropractors who tried to sue him into silence, Amy Wallace writing about antivaxxers in Wired magazine, the Australian Skeptics heroically taking on (and being attacked by) the awful antivax guru Meryl Dorey, Randi publicly fighting his cancer with medical science, and so many more.

In that company, I stand paradoxically humbled and proud. My sincere thanks to everyone who cast their vote my way on the SGU forums.

I always really like the SGU year-end wrapup; it’s fun to listen in on the rogues reminiscing on the past year. This one in particular is a great episode. Here’s a direct link to the MP3 of the show, and if you don’t already subscribe to SGU, then go do it now!

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Comments (25)

  1. Congratulations! Well deserved I think!

  2. Gus Snarp


  3. Bigfoot

    Wow, Phil, congratulations! Your recognition is well-deserved, although I think you made it as a skeptic when you were appointed JREF president. Now that you are famous, have you ever thought about writing a book?

  4. CW

    Yeah, I concur. I rank your blog as one of the best science/skepticsm blogs out there. Thanks for all your time in posting.

  5. Congratulations, Phil. I look forward to hearing the podcast when I get more caught up on them. The new headphones I got for Christmas will help.

  6. kevbo

    Well, crap. You coulda put a ‘SPOILER ALERT’ at the top of that post… I’ve been a little behind on my SGU podcasts, and at this very moment started listening to the wrap-up episode. Oh well, on the positive side, congrats! (and I even voted for the winner!)

  7. Charles Boyer

    Well done, Dr. P. Well done indeed, sir.

  8. Michael swanson

    Congratulations, Phil! You’ve earned it. Keep it up.

  9. Sili


    Sorry, I never got around to voting. (I’m a bit surprised by the lack of “In your face, PZ!”, but perhaps that’s in the interview.).

  10. kevbo
  11. BubbaRich

    PZ didn’t pray hard enough to win.

  12. Alan in Upstate NY

    Marvelous news! I just downloaded the podcast to my iPod for tomorrow’s walk.

  13. Congrats, and keep up the great work!

  14. Tim

    Seems that, for once, I heard about something BEFORE you wrote about it! Let it not be said that I am not a dedicated listener. :)

    Many congrats, and keep it up! Pretty much everybody they mentioned on the list was pretty awesome, actually, so you seem to be keeping good company.

  15. David L

    Simultaneous pride and humility is not as paradoxical as you might think, if you consider low self-esteem as the opposite of pride, not humility. Being humble is to recognize the greatness around you, without necessarily diminishing your own.

  16. Very well deserved, Phil. Keep up the good work!

  17. Well deserved! Congratulations!

  18. Awesome! Well deserved Phil! :-)

  19. Congratulations, and, you really do deserve it. You rock guy and I’ve got to say, I’m more than a little looking forward to seeing you on TV (and the tattoo).

  20. SpetiKat

    Congrats. I love listening when you’re on the SGU.

  21. alfaniner

    The first podcast I ever subscribed to, and it has been difficult to find another I love as much.

  22. Congrats!
    Now please slap Discover around until they show some skeptical targeted ads. They peddle snake oil in the ads around the blog constantly. I turn off adblock to support your site, but do they expect anyone to click through to the phoney stuff being marketed?
    Dear Discover, we want to support your bloggers! Pay attention!

  23. StevoR

    Congratulations BA -well done! :-)

    But I thought you’d made it as a skeptic many, many years ago … ūüėČ

    I agree with Shawn (20) in saying you rock & I’ve been reading & loving your blog for years – it has long been my all-time favourite. You (almost) always do a superluminous job! 8)

    To celebrate this latest accomplishment could I please suggest another 2009 top ten pictures post? Please? ūüėČ

    Or maybe – definitely as well as – a top ten skeptic posts or points? ūüėČ

  24. Congratulations! You deserve it.


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