Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Who's controlling Ed Brayton's keyboard

Ed Brayton, scourge of the Religious Right and supernatural chicanery in general, is taking up the defense of Ouija boards against their detractors. Magic 8 balls are apparently on his approved list as well.

Look for future defenses of dowsing and astrology, but always remember: these are the scientific people.

Obviously Brayton thinks these are harmless party games--unlike activities that might appeal to more benevolent spirits, which, if you read Brayton on a regular basis, are to be roundly ridiculed and driven from the public consciousness.

With inconsistencies like this, I see trouble in his future. In fact, Brayton is normally a fairly rational guy--rationalistic actually. Something else must be controlling his keyboard.


Anonymous said...

That's funny. I don't see anything in your comment policy that prohibits one from misrepresenting what someone else said.

Wes said...

Funny how your post violates almost every one of your own comment policies. Maybe you should call them "The list of things I'm allowed to do but no one else is."

Ed wasn't defending ouija boards. He was making fun of people who think they actually work. That's very obvious to anyone with even a shred of reading comprehension ability.

Matt Benzing said...

You really need to offer an apology for this. I have gone back and read Mr. Brayton's statement and you have clearly, through error or malice, misrepresented him. You are doing your own cause a disservice.

James Hanley said...

What a hoot. Brayton was mocking people who think Ouija boards actually communicate with spirits, not defending the silly idea that they actually work.

Do you have reading comprehension difficulties, or did you simply find misrepresenting the truth to be more enjoyable than honesty?

Anonymous said...

I have to agree. This post is nothing short of an embarrassment, demonstrating a rather profound absence of reading comprehension on the part of its author.

Anonymous said...

Indeed, you really should admit that you've misread (I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you're not deliberately misrepresenting) Brayton's remarks.

We all make mistakes. One measure of a person's quality is their ability to admit their mistakes.

Zack said...

So which is it Cothran? Are you just making this all up, or are you just too dumb to properly comprehend the intents of others?
I would love to hear your take on this.

Martin Cothran said...


I responded to this yesterday on the main page.