Dear Prof. Clive Doubell (aka CyberMatix)
Here are some details for the public about CyberMatix or Prof. Clive Doubell (courtesy of his Facebook page):
Class of 2005 · PhD · Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Class of 1998 · MSc Computer Science · Pretoria, South Africa
Class of 1980 · BSc. Hons Electrotechnical Engineering ·Johannesburg, Gauteng
Linden, Gauteng, South Africa [An Afrikaans high school! Hmmm, I think I now know where this is coming from]
Dear Prof. Doubell
Pursuant your series of unlettered and immature comments directed at me in the comments box of my previous article,
I’d like to take a moment to forever enshrine your puerile and
simplistic use of the English language. Frankly, I think you bought your
PhD as I’ve never seen such poor writing produced by any other Doctor
I would also personally like to thank you for
providing the evidence validating my argument on the very day it got
published; you indeed proved that my attestations were not imaginary and
indeed hit a target that is very much alive and real.
me respond to you in the fashion we educated people like to practice.
I’ll keep my use of the English language colloquial so as not to confuse
you. After all, your PhD shows that you have a VERY VERY narrow
interest in the wide world around you, and I would hate to tarnish your
professional image any further than what you yourself have already done.
the arrogance of youth. It's been quite a while since I've read such a
totally biased and pompous evaluation of science and its implementers.
Especially from one that probably can't even spell science. Buddy, you
have at most one decade of experience of how stuff works in the real
world and probably zero time at the sharp end of science. Get yourself
say two or more decades and then come sprout your wisdoms here. If you
want to pontificate about PhDs, get yourself one, otherwise you are just
tilting at windmills. Get over yourself man.
Oh, so you are quite old? It’s pretty obvious then that you got your qualifications late in life. Slow learner, perhaps?
people that they can’t even spell a word must be the most infantile
insult any stupid person could use, let alone someone who considers
themselves educated and able to understand information that 95% of other
people on this planet cant (your claim, by the way). I can spell,
because unlike you, if I could not, I’d not be able to earn a salary.
You see, things work a bit differently when you don’t grow up guaranteed
a job just because you are white.
And I do work in the
sciences, even though that is computer science. And as you are no
biologist or physicist, I doubt you are working at anything that will
shake the foundations of the universe.
Also, my article was
erected against EXACTLY the sort of defense you invoke with your PhD:
That nobody is allowed to challenge you or your opinions unless they
have an equally narrow view of the world and the endurance to chase down
a scroll of paper.
I could expect such a self-defeating and
self-incriminating argument from a literalist christian creationist,
perhaps, but from a man (and an old one at that) who claims to be highly
educated … sir, you have rocked my world. This is a first, even for me,
and I say ‘even for me’ because I spent three years working with PhDs,
and while they may not be quite the distillations of intellect and
genius as assumed in popular culture, they are not descend to the level
from which you shout your insults.
Let me now address some of your arguments and insults aimed at very selectively quoted parts of my previous article.
>>>There is one tremendously positive thing that has come from
the creationist movement, and I wish more atheists would dislodge their
heads from their behinds and acknowledge that.
So you think
the cutting edge of scientific research is any minute way driven by
creationist drivel. Really? I don't really think so, I think you may be
as deluded as your Jasper Jiggens creationst fan club is.
For a supposedly
highly educated person, you have a very poor grasp of the written form
of the English language, which I’m probably correct in assuming is not
your first language, anyway. I communicated my firm belief that
science—like any process that relies on refinement to improve itself—is
improved across board when it deductions are scrutinized and its
practitioners challenged to demonstrate what they will usually just
preach to the uneducated public.
You automatic atheistic
tendencies to take offence and argue overcome your sensibility even
though you know very well that I have written extensively AGAINST
religion in all its forms, on this very forum and for well over one and a
half years now! My writings on the topic of religion alone are probably
more elaborate, extensive, and thought provoking—and have most
certainly been seen by more people—than the thesis you wrote to get your
That is also why the vast majority of atheist
who usually don’t hesitate to berate an offending ‘creationist’ did not
pollute the comments box of my previous article
with the same sentiments you left me, calling me scientifically
illiterate and guilty of putting on a spectacle to attract more members
into my creationist fan club.
If you had done what I had state
in the very first line of yesterday’s article (pull your head out of
your ass), you may have observed that you were the only atheist taking
offense and foaming at the mouth with anger. You are as bad as the worst
religious fanatic I’ve ever seen on YouTube.
>>>I’ve long detested this aura that some PhDs exude: Don’t argue with me; I’m an expert!
I'm sure you're robust slagging of most/all PhDs, academics, scholars
and researchers will increase the size of you new creationist fan club
greatly. Reading some of the comments here seems to support that
hypothesis. Your insight of real science where actual cutting edge
realities are researched is in many ways comparable to the insight of
creationists when viewing reality.
If you are indeed
involved in cutting edge science, Please retire this instant, because
the way you form a hypothesis and seem to validate it would be insulting
even to a high school dropout with a vague recollection of the
scientific method. The rest of your retort is beneath me to even respond
>>>I’ve long detested this aura that some PhDs exude: Don’t argue with me; I’m an expert!
It seems you suffer from a fair bit of qualification enmity. There is a
very simple way you can rid yourself from that problem, that gnaws your
insides like a terminal cancer and makes you nasty; Get yourself a PhD.
According to you, anyone can do it, and with your enhanced intellectual
capacity that you continually tell us about it shouldn't be much of a
Please point me to where I claimed I have an
enhanced intellectual capacity. I even grouped myself with the
‘drooling’ masses in my previous article.
I mentioned, for the first time, that I am an engineer and even called
engineers the woodwork students of science. I sided with the common man
on one issue and you nearly have a heart attack!
And since you
want to insult my age, let me return the favour. By the time I’m making
my next breakthrough, you’ll be nothing more than a lingering memory in
this world, and unlike Einstein, mate, nobody will be taught your name
in school. You are a nobody in science or else I’d heard of you by now. I
suggest you reserve your vitality for your retirement, old man, and
leave the arguments and fights to those with the stamina to survive
>>>A PhD should never be viewed as a seal of
authenticity or become an armoured vehicle providing protection from the
scrutiny by others
You are using a pretty broad brush
here buddy. Arrogance is a human trait, and PhDs are humans. Of course
there are arrogant PhDs and academia, there are also arrogant Software
Coders, investment analysts, Quality assurance/control people and motor
Oh! So you are saying I’m right. Thanks!
Finally something we can agree on: that PhDs are primates like the rest
of us. I just don’t understand why you had to go ape to give us a
practical demonstration that you too are a primate. It’s ok, old man,
you don’t need to convince me; I actually read up a lot about
evolutionary biology—particularly the evolution of our species—and I
know you are nothing special when compared to the rest of us.
There is arrogance in all trades. In mine some of the most arrogant are
quality assurance personnel that think they are the bees knees of
humanity. Just like you. You know what they say, If you can you do, if
you can't you teach, if you can't teach you become a QAR.
you don’t know anything about my job other than the infinitesimally
small peek I’ve given you into ONE of my duties, I’ll write this part of
your general retort off as you just having a really bad day at the
>>>I got to interact with numerous professors in a way most people will never be able to replicate
Stop bragging. Some people have less experience than you and other have
more. This doesn't make you an absolute expert, exactly as the PhDs you
are so bitterly complaining about. So you subscribe to the *Don’t argue
with me; I’m an expert!* club as well.
You seem to be
obsessed with the word ‘expert,’ so much so that you keep wanting to
smear the condition off on me. I was not communicating an expert opinion
but merely my personal experience working with academics and scientists
for three years. I did something admirable: I spoke out of personal
experience; I did not fabricate some story. But, perhaps, that is why
you absolutely detest my comments about PhDs, because they are not just a
vapid opinion discharged foolishly into cyberspace!
>>>A PhD does not prevent one from making mistakes or epic screwups if one does not pay attention.
Of course it doesn't. PhDs are humans, and humans make screwups. Even
though the peer review process is far from perfect, some of the worst
screwups will be detected. I think you have a very anal retentive view
of science and peer review. Science does move forward, even though it is
flawed. If it was in any way as flawed as you depict here, science
would not move forward one iota, ever.
I see you agree with me again, though I don’t know why you have to be so antagonistic in presenting your agreement.
have also never claimed that science needs to be perfect in order for
it to progress. Why don’t you focus on what I actually wrote rather than
what your hallucinations about the meaning of my writing?
You are not a scientist, that is abundantly clear from your musings, and
I'm guessing you have not spent a single moment of your life operating
at the academic or practical level of the cutting edge of scientific
research. So I don't think you are really all that well qualified to
comment about PhD scientists and what they do. BTW not all professors
are scientists and not all scientists are professors. Oh and definitely
not all Phds are professors.
Wow! Such genius … such observance! I never claimed to be a scientist, not in my previous article
or any before it. I’ve always stated it very plainly: I have a personal
interest in science and understand the fundamentals of it, enough that
people like you can’t bullshit me and tell me that I can’t argue with
them because I don’t have a PhD.
You also forgot to mention that
not all PhDs understand basic English even though their alma mater
demands that they do. I do hope you at least understand that bit of
Latin; you should, if you have a PhD.
>>>I hate to talk about my day job,
Don't worry, everybody else hates it as well, because here you are
simply bragging about your own enhanced capabilities and tremendous
skill-set. Just as the PhDs that you like to slag. Personally I don't
see much difference in your arrogance and how you continually set the
rest of the world right, and a typical arrogant professor that doesn't
know how to use a mouse.
I write for entertainment purposes
firstly, and educational purposes secondly. I’ve taken on the persona of
a contrarian, and I actually live up to my moniker. I’ve posted
articles that would have you practically kissing my feet, and I’ve
written ones that will make you want to hang me. That is what I do, and I
don’t owe you any apology for it. Whatever little personal details I
drop about the person animating The Last Contrarian on News24 is most
certainly not going to make the real person behind the name any more
popular or respected.
So, chill out, and accept that this is my
way of brining, hopefully, education and entertainment to people who
don’t have ten years and a shitload of money to waste on getting a
>>>I think we need to stop calling them genius and perhaps use the more appropriate term: savant
Who exactly is your *we*, you and the YECs? I for one don't call any
*professor* a genius, some are really dumb a$$holes. But sometimes you
need a savant to discover new truths. Einstein was a genius, but it is
said that he couldn't remember his social security or telephone number
or reconcile his bank balance. So what? Some people can run the 100m in
under 10 seconds, others can't. Because you have some talents or street
smarts that an academic doesn't have, like fundamental computer skills,
doesn't imply you're clever and they are idiots.
referring to the general culture. And I don’t side with Young Earth
Creationists, neither they with me. And you don’t need to remind me how
dumb some professors are, really; I already know that from experience to
which you are adding.
I never said I am clever for
understanding computers (though that is a gross simplification). Why are
you so keen to twist my words and make it out like I am trying to put
myself there as this illustrious image of what intelligence is, while
damning all PhDs to the put of stupidity?
Seriously, were you
bullied in school? Did I say something that perhaps triggered some
deep-seated issues in your psychological and emotional development? I’ve
not had anyone BUT you (and there are other PhDs reading this forum)
respond in such a dramatic way.
When you get so overly emotional
and irrational, it becomes nigh-impossible to have a rational
discussion with you. You’re not in the pub now, mate. Nobody is trying
to piss on your doorstep. Before yesterday I did not even know you had a
PhD and would never have guessed it judging by the caliber of articles
you have published here on News24.
>>>As someone who
understands a great deal of the fundamental (proven, testable) science
on which the world operates, I can safely say that one need not be a
genius to make sense of this stuff. Understanding science is like being a
celebrity, anyone can do it.
Really? Bragging again? I
wonder how much of the science you understand w.r.t. the fundamental
workings that occurs at the LHC. Go and read a few of the scientific
papers on the CERN website and tell us honestly you have any clue what
they are talking about.
Only you seem to think I was
bragging, as nobody else raised issue over one paragraph I dedicated to
explaining what skills and abilities I have and thus can verify are easy
to master for anyone with a bit of patience and perseverance.
it’s a pity you mention CERN, because I do read some of their
publications from time to time, but only the stuff concerning the Higgs
Boson. Sure, I need to do some reading on the side to be able to follow
some areas, but the fundamental science their publications rely on is
hardly the stuff of nightmares.
Just remember, Prof., the proverbialist excesses of science are not actually fundamental science and rarely contributes to it!
say *anybody* can understand science is pure unadulterated BS. On what
planet do you find you spend most of your time on? A very small
percentage of the general population can even understand grade 12 or
first year university mathematics and theoretical physics, I'm guessing
in the order of 5%. That's not exactly everybody. To further advance
mathematics and TP and come up with new or changed theories, you don't
only need to understand it, you have to be able to creatively *invent*
new theory. I doubt if you have ever done this and are even vaguely
aware of how it actually works.
Prof. Doubell, are you
pulling figures out of your ass again? I’m sure your lecturers at
Edinburgh would be proud—they taught you so well. All humans have
comparable brain sizes and are thus capable of managing roughly the same
amount of information as their peers (even the ones with PhDs). So
unless you are a racist or know nothing about human evolution and the
human brain, then let me drop all pretenses and tell you to keep your
ignorance to yourself, even if you are posting on News24, where the
standards of acceptable commentary are at an all-time low.
you have highlighted some problems of science, but to think that is the
way science works in general shows you have somewhat of a creationist
philosophy and mindset yourself. Not totally unexpected that a failed
engineer that makes his living from QA would have that opinion.
I … I, The Last Contrarian,
have a ‘creationist philosophy! HAHAHAHAHAHA! And I am not a failed
engineer LOL, on my Singapore Employment pass it clearly has ENGINEER in
the title! Haha, poor Singaporeans, this young African sure fooled
them, being a “failed” engineer and all! HAHAHA! In fact, my Permanent
Residency application here has already passed the first verification
stage, where all my educational qualifications, work experience, etc.
had to have passed the legitimacy test.
You, Prof. Doubell, are
the failure, and YOU have the ego problem, not me. Put that in your next
publication and have that peer reviewed, for I am sure the claim will
be allowed into scientific literature if any of your colleagues ever
read this article.
>>>I know some of you reclusive,
savant-like theoretical physicists don’t understand the concept of
society and consider yourselves on some god-appointed mission to spend
the common man’s tax money to pursue your intellectual infatuations,
Go screw yourself man. If it wasn't for these degenerates you so detest
you would be growing potatoes on a farm in Africa. Maybe.
Even after your extensive rant, you still had enough fire in you to end it on this note, huh.
Prof. Doubell, you have done more for my credibility than you could
possibly imagine, and with the style you chose, erased some of your
credibility in the process.
I most certainly hope that you
never need me to approve an order of electronic gismos (as cutting edge
as they may be) made by your company. I would block it because I’m now
worried that your incoherent thought process and flippant use of
reasoning have negatively affected the final product. And then I am not
even evaluating the view you hold of quality assurance staff and the
critical (quite literally, critical) skills they bring to the
manufacturing and design process.
Perhaps I hit a nerve with
you or invoked a bad experience you had with another ‘Quality Assurance’
professional (though that is not my title). It may explain why you came
after me in the comments box with such vociferous zeal.
or, perhaps, you just you can’t tolerate people who are as arrogant as
you are without them having a little scroll of paper to go with their
attitude. I don’t know and don’t particularly care.
Go wipe your
ass with your PhD and flush it down the toilet—for you are no educated
man and a misrepresentation of any higher education institute that you
escaped from ‘scroll in hand.’ History will remember you in the same
capacity it remembers the average garden worker, because you, sir, are
Come down from Olympus and join the common man
sometime; we are not as stupid or as crazy as we seem to those who see
everything through the academic lens.
Sincerely and with as much respect as I could muster,
The Last Contrarian
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