I was curious about who User:Mel Etitis
was lately. Mel Etitis is an admin on Wikipedia and claims to teach philosophy at Oxford. This Mel Etitis guy sure has a lot of time to edit Wikipedia. It turns out that Mel Etitis is Peter J. King
(an article that he contributed to Wikipedia himself as documented here
.) Mel Etitis is interesting in that his bio article, Peter J. King
, has received a lot of loving attention from SlimVirgin (see this
.) If you read the bio article it actually is filled with inane ego-stroking vanity, for example:
He attended St Mary's Catholic Primary School, then Boston Grammar School. After leaving school, he decided against his long-standing desire to go into the theatre, becoming involved instead in the poetry scene in London, centred on the National Poetry Society in Earls Court Square, and running his own small poetry-publishing company, tapocketa press.
Gaining first-class honours, he went on to Brasenose College, Oxford, where he read for the B.Phil., a postgraduate philosophy degree, taking papers in philosophical logic, philosophy of science, and the seventeenth-century rationalists, and writing a thesis on "The Ontology of Possible Worlds".
His research interests include moral philosophy, the philosophy of religion, the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophical logic, the philosophy of parapsychology, René Descartes, David Hume, and John Stuart Mill. In addition, his teaching interests include African philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of science (including the philosophy of physics and of biology), the rationalists, and the empiricists.
What made me interested in Mel Etitis was his strange role in defusing a few SlimVirgin related conflicts. In a few instances Mel Etitis arrived on the scene of a SlimVirgin conflict and proclaimed to be a neutral party by weakly questioning what was going on. Soon as SlimVirgin presented her side, Mel Etitis quickly agreed with her with minor reservations and considered the matter closed. Mel Etitis appeared to serve as a false "third party" opinion. For an illustrative example, see this mild initial criticism
and this quick change of position
. Another example of his strange behavior can be found in his recent attempt at mediation
on the New antisemitism article. After coming on the scene proclaiming to offer his assistance to diffuse a long simmering argument that SlimVirgin appeared to be losing, once the mediation got underway he appeared to lose all interest. His loss of interest was convenient for SlimVirgin though since the only results possible from the mediation would have been changes to the article that she had been opposing.