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Philip E. Mason is a British atheist, scientist, and skeptical blogger, best known for his YouTube channel, Thunderf00t. Through this channel, he has made a series of videos entitled "Why do people laugh at creationists?" It mainly focuses on the arguments made in public seminars by Kent Hovind. Additionally, Mason, who originally ran his channel anonymously, has interviewed Richard Dawkins,PZ Myers (whom he interviewed at Myers' workplace, the University of Minnesota, Morris) and the Westboro Baptist Church, and has also debated Ray Comfort. Controversies surrounding Mason's channel include his opposition to feminism, which sparked a petition on Change.org in support of feminism, and his outspoken criticism of Islam--for example, he supported Draw Mohammad Day, and in response to his criticism thereof, a YouTube user known as Coughlan666, as well as another known as Federalistfilms, created an account on an adult website under Mason's YouTube username in which images of Mason were photoshopped onto gay pornstars' bodies.
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Mason graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1982 with a PhD; his thesis was entitled "The application of time-dependent correlation functions to spin dynamics in magnets and atomic dynamics in liquids." He worked at Cornell University's department of food science until 2011, where he studied the molecular interactions between water and sugar molecules, as well as molecular modeling with regard to proteins and guanidinium solutions.
Mason has co-authored 32 scientific papers, and is still publishing research as of 2013.
In 2012, Mason joined Free Thought Blogs; his posts there quickly became controversial in light of the pre-existing controversy among other skeptical bloggers regarding feminism. His posts included one entitled "Misogynist," which, like all of his FTB posts, can no longer be viewed except through the Wayback Machine. In this post, he asserted that sexual harassment at conferences "really is a non-issue." He received considerable criticism for having done this, for example from PZ Myers, who wrote that Mason "completely missed the point" and that his solution to the problem of sexual harassment was "so laughably black-and-white that it suggests he is entirely oblivious to the situation." In a similar vein, Mason uploaded a video entitled "Teach them not to rape!" in which he suggested that women need to be more careful in order to avoid being the victim of rape. In response, Rebecca Watson uploaded a sarcastic video of her own in which she contends that Mason's video is fallacious, but ironically stated "A large percentage of rapists in prison vociferously agreed with many of Thunderfoot's points," citing a peer-reviewed study which had interviewed convicted rapists with regard to their excuses as to why they committed the crime.
Mason, P. E.; Neilson, G. W.; Dempsey, C. E.; Barnes, A. C.; Cruickshank, J. M. (2003). "The hydration structure of guanidinium and thiocyanate ions: Implications for protein stability in aqueous solution". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 100 (8): 4557. doi:10.1073/pnas.0735920100. edit,
Mason, P. E.; Neilson, G. W.; Enderby, J. E.; Saboungi, M. L.; Dempsey, C. E. (2004). "The Structure of Aqueous Guanidinium Chloride Solutions". Journal of the American Chemical Society 126 (37): 11462-11470. doi:10.1021/ja040034x. PMID 15366892. edit,
Matthews, J. F.; Skopec, C. E.; Mason, P. E.; Zuccato, P.; Torget, R. W.; Sugiyama, J.; Himmel, M. E.; Brady, J. W. (2006). "Computer simulation studies of microcrystalline cellulose Iβ". Carbohydrate Research 341 (1): 138-152. doi:10.1016/j.carres.2005.09.028. PMID 16297893. edit