That's kind of what a chap said to me when I received a random call from him, claiming to be from my bank - he wanted my bank account number, and I asked him how he was proposing to verify his identity to me. He rang off pretty quickly after that.
Could there be any greater conceit, than for someone to believe that the universe has to be simple enough for them to be able to understand it ?
A good snake oil salesman would have moved on already.
We need to cut him a bit of slack for not having skedaddled yet. Without an internet protocol for transmitting smell, he can't hear the tar being heated up (I'm not sure whether one could catch the smell of the feathers, but the smell of the hot tar should be unmistakable).