Caption this: Dr. Gorski meets Dr. Whitaker

Earlier today, I gave you the blow-by-blow description of a debate that occurred on Thursday between Dr. Steve Novella and Dr. Julian Whitaker. After that debate, I got an opportunity to “discuss” one of Dr. Whitaker’s points, specifically a scientifically illiterate graph that he had constructed. Because Dave Patton was there doing photography of the event for Michael Shermer, I suggested that we do a picture, even though Dr. Whitaker was still on the podium. The picture came out…well, differently than I had expected. Looking at it again, though, I see that this is a perfect picture to have a little fun with, so I’m going to. Let’s have our SBM readers do something we haven’t done before on this blog. It’s a little thing called “Caption This.” In the comments, I’d like to see what sort of caption you think to be appropriate for this photo.

Have fun, and if I like any of them particularly well, I might add them to the picture and post them here and on Facebook.

Posted in: Humor, Vaccines

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36 thoughts on “Caption this: Dr. Gorski meets Dr. Whitaker

  1. Mark says:

    “I’ll get you!

    And your little dog too!”

  2. Neil J says:

    Dr. Whitaker: “Are you sure there’s something wrong with the y-axis?”
    Dr. Gorski: “Yes, I’m 120% sure.”

  3. DavidRLogan says:

    “Turn SkepticalHealth over to me…or else!”

  4. Neil J says:

    “And the worst part about vaccines is that they jab you in the shoulder… like this!”

  5. daijiyobu says:

    The obvious ones:

    W: “Who is this man sitting in front of me unwilling to make eye contact? And unwilling to pull my finger?”

    G: “[To self] I’d don’t know if I really want the new Mac Book Pro with the retina display…but it sure is shiny.”

    Podium Guy [to thunderous applause]: “Alphas, perhaps one day ALL our Libertarian dreams will come true: no more roads, no more schools, no more encroaching social safety nets to aid the weakling Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons who couldn’t survive the free hand of a gloriously unfettered market, AND especially no more of those vaccinated weaklings whose liberty-to-die-from-preventable-diseases was so obscenely interfered with…”


  6. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

    “Excuse me, I didn’t bring any science with me. Could I borrow some of yours?”

  7. Sawyer says:

    Look I’ll admit that debate didn’t go very well, but did you really have to make so many jokes about my Johnny Cash getup?

  8. DevoutCatalyst says:

    “You laugh, but a branded Gorski vitamin line will revolutionize your burgeoning little empire.”

  9. Quill says:

    Some good ones already.

    “Hey you! You’re gonna have to pay for those three Homeopathic Colas! That’ll be $99.95.”

    “You need to take Whitaker’s seminal ideas more seriously!” (Thought bubble over Gorski: “Beige. They painted the walls beige.”

    “You should stand up first. When I sit down like that I can’t think or talk very well.”

    “I’m telling you, man, -read- ‘The Fountainhead.’ It explains everything.”

    Or perhaps just play a little Sesame Street music: “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things doesn’t belong….”

  10. Chris says:

    G: That graph was hilarious!

    W: Keep it up and I’ll send my flying monkeys to your blog!

    G: Did they create that graph? You promised to tell me how that graph was made.

  11. PJLandis says:

    Hulk Smash!

  12. PJLandis says:

    Are you gonna eat that graph?

  13. pdxstoney says:

    I’m not a real doctor, I just play one at anti-vax debates

    That’s not fair using facts and stuff

    And my amplifiers go to eleven too!

  14. Neil J says:

    Can I borrow that crayon? I’ve got an idea for another graph.

  15. Chris says:


    Hulk Smash!

    Puny data!

  16. Composer99 says:

    You dirty doctor, you killed my fath – I mean, graph! You dirty doctor!

  17. Jimmylegs says:

    “I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for you and your meddling science and logic!”

  18. weing says:

    “Oh yeah? You like that? You just got yourself another 1 hour detention, mister?”

  19. Lytrigian says:

    This is quite possibly very offensive, but I couldn’t help myself. It’s the expression on your face.

  20. Lytrigian says:

    On second thought, maybe it’s too offensive all things considered…

  21. Davdoodles says:

    “The Emperor does too have new clothes!”

  22. SwissFrank says:

    Mandrake!…errr Shermer! You wanna introduce a foreign substance into my precious bodily fluids. That’s how your hard-core commie works!

  23. DLC says:

    “Excuse me, but could you move aside a moment, you’re sitting on my brains. . . “

  24. jli says:

    W: Now – I have just told you all about them germie wormies and antineoplastons – get it!!

    G: The stupid it burns.

  25. Pnakotus says:

    I fell innnnto a burnin’ ring of science. And it burned burned burned! That ring of science, that ring of science…

  26. lilady says:

    “That’s my final offer Dave…a new car in your driveway…if you promise not to blog about the debate debacle”

  27. Davdoodles says:

    “Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father…”

  28. Lytrigian says:

    W: “You can’t answer that one, can you? CAN YOU?!?!”

    G: “That’s actually a pretty good question. How much wood *would* a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”

  29. MrsWoo says:

    DrW – “I have just the thing to treat you, you know…”

    DrG – “And it’s every bit as effective as homeopathic vaccination, right?”

  30. norrisL says:

    measles and all those other …….uh…….diseases never existed anyway, so there

  31. Patrick says:

    Dr. W: “I just goose stepped all over your ass.”

    Dr. Gorski: “Oh look Dr.Shermer, it is the missing link you evolutionists were looking for.”

  32. rork says:

    W: “You look like you’d better rethink your supplement foundation. Get some modified citrus pectin too. Check my website.”

  33. Patrick says:

    For a more concise caption for Dr. Gorski: “Shermer, look, the missing link…”

  34. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

    Assuming this picture was taken shortly before the debate…

    W: “Leeeeroyyyyyy!!!!”

    Dr. G: “At least he got chicken.”

  35. puddinhead says:

    “I’m telling ya Jules, I’ve heard THIS ONE before too! Sure, it’s a nice bit of buffoonery… and granted, it’s a better gag than that vaccines shtick from your stand-up routine … but go pull your own finger!”

  36. papertrail says:

    Dr. W: Hey, Gorski, did you take my chart that I planning to present tonight?
    Dr. G, to self: Ha, wish I had but no point; he’d just pull another one out of his arse.

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