I’ve been writing about skepticism, religion, and science for more than 10 years now, and in that time I’ve published seven books (with two more on the way). Still, though, people continue to confuse me with John McAfee, the infamous tech entrepreneur who founded the McAfee anti-virus software.
This isn’t just the occasional confused person stumbling upon my work and assuming John McAfee went from fugitive to skeptical writer over the last few years. It’s a consistent barrage of people, some of whom have been following me for quite some time, who just happen to think we are the same person.
The most recent example took place yesterday, when a guy on Facebook told me I should “stick to my poorly written virus software and nothing else.” That’s going to be pretty difficult.
That wasn’t the first time, though. This has happened for several years, and sometimes the stories are sad. In one case, a woman named Rachel wrote me because the company took funds from her account without authorization. She was “devastated” and I did my best to put her at ease.I’ve even had people tell me that I “murdered someone” because John McAfee was once accused of murder. He then fled the country, according to news reports.
Perhaps most annoying are the people who come to my page to accuse me of “using my daddy’s money” to “brainwash kids” into abandoning their faith. There are so many things wrong with this, I don’t even know where to start.
John McAfee isn’t my father. My dad didn’t have a job for most of my childhood, and when he did he worked at Wal-Mart.
My mom also worked at Wal-Mart when I was growing up, although she is now a letter carrier for the United States Post Office.
You can’t brainwash someone into critical thinking. That’s literally the entire point!
So, this is just a reminder – once again – that I am not John McAfee and I’m not related to him (that I know of). I didn’t kill anyone, I’m not running for president as a libertarian, and I didn’t write your crappy, ad-ridden antivirus software.
If you want to check out my antivirus work, the kind that protects people all over from viruses of the mind, I’d recommend my latest book, No Sacred Cows: Investigating Myths, Cults, and the Supernatural.