Sometimes you have to just take a minute out of your day and chuckle at something silly. A commenter responded to a new post by the blogger Anders by saying:
However I will say one thing, based on the first paragraph of ATTP’s article. Ridley has a PhD in zoology from Oxford. If that doesn’t qualify someone as a scientist, I don’t know what does.
Anders (also known as ATTP) responded by saying:
I didn’t say he wasn’t a scientist, but he’s not a practicing scientist.
This merits at least a microchuckle because Anders's post says:
What? I thought [Ridley] was a science journalist, not a scientist.
Which sure sounds like Anders saying Ridley isn't a scientist. One could argue Anders said he "thought" Ridley isn't a scientist, which is different from saying Ridley isn't a scientist, but that's weak tea.
Regardless, the real chuckling should begin with Anders's next sentence:
Why can’t he be a scientist and a science journalist?
Well, he could be, but he isn’t being. If he wants to be a scientist, do some science.
Which clearly indicates Anders thinks Ridley isn't being a scientist. I'm not sure how Anders keeps a straight face while saying Ridley isn't being a scientist, saying he thinks Ridley isn't a scientist and saying he isn't saying Ridley isn't a scientist.
Heck, I can barely keep the sentences straight.