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Gender Male
Industry Science
Occupation Academic surgeon/scientist
Location The Liberator, somewhere deep in Federation space, United States
Introduction Orac is but a humble pseudonymous surgeon/scientist with an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his miscellaneous verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few will. That Orac has chosen his pseudonym based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights from an old British SF show whose special effects were renowned for their early 1980's BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction for television ever produced, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.) Orac tries to keep his insolence respectful, but admittedly sometimes fails in the cases of obvious quackery and pseudoscience, attacks on him, very poor critical thinking skills, bigotry, and just general plain stupidity.
Interests Golf, politics of science and medicine, computers, science fiction, baseball, skepticism, alternative medicine
Favorite Movies The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Godfather, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Casablanca, The Great Escape, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Aliens, The Kids Are Alright, High Fidelity, Animal House
Favorite Music David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, The Arcade Fire, The Who, The Smiths, Secret Machines, Interpol, Suede, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, U2, Love, Ted Nugent, Arlo Guthrie, Jethro Tull, Eric Clapton, The Clash, The Ramones, AC/DC, Alice Cooper, The Beatles, Explosions in the Sky, Pink Floyd, Simon & Garfunkel, The Yardbirds, Doves, Sufjan Stevens
Favorite Books "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, "Genome: An Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters" by Matt Ridley, "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter M. Miller Jr., "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark" by Carl Sagan