Monday, December 17, 2007
Sharon Moalem Exposed
The Unexamined Life is a blog written by a student in one of the Life Sciences Programs here at the University of Toronto.
This student was curious about the strange behavior of "Dr." Sharon Moalem when confronted with scientific errors on Dr. Sharon's Blog. So our student did some digging and posted the results [Sharon Moalem, "medical maverick"].
It turns out that Dr. Sharon isn't a medical doctor—he has a Ph.D. and he's currently a 33 year old finishing his medical degree in New York. While it's perfectly legitimate to call yourself Dr. Sharon if you have a Ph.D., it seems very clear that "Dr." Sharon is strongly implying that he is a medical doctor on his blog and on the cover of his book.
It also turns out that "Dr." Sharon has found God. He now thinks that science is a way of revealing God. (Sharon Moalem is an Orthodox Jew.) The fact that he is a true believer probably explains his unethical behavior since it is typical of believers to censure contrary opinions on their blogs, demonstrate a lack of knowledge about science, and misrepresent their credentials.
UPDATE: "Dr." Sharon doesn't stop at refusing to post critical comments and editing his original postings to remove uncomfortable links. Now our favorite undergraduate blogger has documented him editing comments! [Sharon Moalem, self-destructing before our eyes] He's becoming more and more like a creationist.
UPDATE: PZ Myers has posted a short review of Survival of the Silliest. He doesn't like it. What a surprise! :-)