There’s this obsessed Bigfoot prof at Oxford — no, he’s not a Bigfoot at Oxford, he’s a professor at Oxford who claims to study Bigfoot — who’s treated as a serious guy by the London Times. He just got shot down by the science editor, though, who rolled his eyes at Syke’s “evidence” and also got a revealing quote from him.
This is the best part:
The paper gave Syke’s affiliation as the Institute of Human Genetics at Wolfson College, Oxford. Sykes is a fellow of Wolfson, but he admitted the institute was mythical. “The journal required some sort of additional address in the college and, hey presto, I became an institute!”
It’s a mythical institute studying a mythical beast! And it just goes to show that you can find loons at any university, including Oxford, and someone in the press who won’t look past the credentials. Fake institutes are a plague upon the land: the Discovery Institute, the Heartland Institute, the Secular Policy Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, anybody can invent any fancy title for their collection of cranks and it sounds like something substantial…like Department of ProtoBioCybernetics and ProtoBioSemiotics, Origin of Life Science Foundation.
Just say no to proliferating meaningless institutes.