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Don't go, Krom, you're an awesome editor.
Arisboch, a fan
Krom is Oliver Smith. One sad psycho with nothing useful to spend his time on.
Emil Kirkegaard, not a fan

Oliver D. Smith is an ex-RationalWiki editor and sysop from England. He has used various different accounts, most notably Krom in 2015,[1] briefly returning in Feb 2018 as ODS (using his name initials) but no longer is active. Smith is probably the most controversial sysop to have ever edited RationalWiki.

Smith has managed to annoy and offend most religions, political groups and pseudoscientists for his RationalWiki edits; he joined RationalWiki at the beginning of 2012 to criticize religion and later made articles to document and refute various pseudosciences. Although he has been labelled as a skeptic, he doesn't identify with this movement, and has some fringe beliefs himself that are not currently accepted by mainstream science. It is therefore amusing that Smith has been described on some blogs as "attacking" individuals for pseudoscience, when he is open to such criticism himself.

Background

Book

Books made by Oliver D. Smith.

A student of classics (BA, MA), Smith specialises in Greek mythology although this hasn't ever helped his career. He has worked in museum collections, libraries, as an archivist and as a bookbinder. Smith is qualified in bookbinding, having studied for a City & Guilds certificate. He is 28 years old.

Religious views

Smith is a former nontrinitarian Christian, but leaned heavily towards deism and denied most supernaturalism in the Bible; most his views aligned with the Christadelphians.[2] In 2012, he became irreligious and an agnostic deist; Smith considers religion incompatible with his antinatalist beliefs. When formerly a Christian, Smith was a member of a small online group of Christian antinatalists who tried to reconcile antinatalism with the Bible, for example by pointing out that humans were originally asexual and did not know procreation (Gen 2: 22-23; 3: 7) until the Fall, and therefore reproduction is immoral and a sin. Christianity and antinatalism however are incompatible (Gen 1: 28; 3: 16), and after coming to terms with this, Smith gave up religion. His agnostic deism is mostly influenced by ancient Greek philosophy.

Creationism vs. evolution

Smith has always been an outcast for his unusual views on the creationism versus evolution controversy. A critic of orthodox or fundamentalist biblical creationism, Smith formerly identified with progressive creationism and was a proponent of the obscure Revelational Theory of P. J. Wiseman: arguing the Genesis creation account is not a record of what God performed in six literal days but instead records the six literal days (pictorially) in which knowledge of the creation was revealed to man, consistent with modern geology and an old earth. However, when he became irreligious, Smith wrote the RationalWiki article[3] rejecting the theory and came to accept the modern evolutionary synthesis (neo-Darwinianism) and methodological naturalism. For several years, Smith has now criticised creationism as a pseudoscience on RationalWiki, and has debated biblical creationists on forums.

On the subject of human evolution, Smith still has some unorthodox views, for example he is a proponent of the radical "single species hypothesis" that argues ever since humans diverged from chimpanzees - there has been only one human (chrono)species. He is also skeptical of the politically correct Out of Africa human origins theory.

RationalWiki

Smith joined RationalWiki at the beginning 2012 when he had become irreligious, and made articles to document and refute biblical pseudoarchaeology and criticise religion. Later he moved on to criticise irrational beliefs and pseudosciences, e.g. ancient astronauts, dowsing, Bermuda Triangle, spiritualism, creationism and racialism.

Cryptozoology

Smith is a proponent of the fringe/pseudoscience cryptozoology (from a folklore perspective) which he thinks is fun and he has added some cryptozoological content (e.g. on the Yeti, Bigfoot) to RationalWiki over the years.

Fake biographies

Lumen

Google search of Oliver D. Smith's name has been abused by trolls who dislike RationalWiki

Trolls who dislike Smith's edits on RationalWiki have written fake biographies filled with defamation and lies about Smith on various websites e.g. Rightpedia, WWHP and Emil Kirkegaard's blog.

External links

Notes & References

  1. https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/User:Krom
  2. Smith rejected the idea that Jesus was God, instead arguing like Christadelphians he was a mortal man, but who overcame temptation (e.g. John 14:28 "my Father is greater than I" and in Heb 5:7-8 Jesus prays to God, making no sense if he was God himself); similar to Christadelphians, Smith argued angels and demons were not supernatural, as well as denied the existence of heaven/hell as an afterlife. Opposing immortality of the soul he favoured "soul sleep" until resurrection, another Christadelphian teaching.
  3. RationalWiki: Revelation Theory of Creation.