What happens to ‘Doubtful News’?

When I read stuff about “fake news”, I get this twinge of disappointment and regret. I wish my own site, Doubtful News, which started when internet-driven fake news was obvious but before it hit mainstream “trendy”, had been able to gain traction and support to sustain itself and take off during this explosion of interest…

Earthquake hazard area from injection wells expands with evidence for additional mechanism

This is a fascinating new study of the earthquakes in Oklahoma related to fluid injection. I have not seen it out in the media yet. The 2016 Mw5.1 Fairview, Oklahoma earthquakes: Evidence for long-range poroelastic triggering at >40 km from fluid disposal wells T.H.W. Goebel, M. Weingarten, X. Chen, J. Haffener, E.E. Brodsky. Earth and Planetary…

Stone Tape video lecture

I did a video lecture on the Stone Tape theory. It’s based on research documented in these two posts: The “Stone Tape Theory” of hauntings: A geological perspective Haunted rocks: The Stone Tape theory If you ever see paranormal investigators touting this as a “scientific” theory, whack them with this link.

Coming soon: A directory of “Professional Paranormal Services” and a paranormal TV network

A new site has launched offering listings for “professional paranormal services”: ParanormalPages. I did a double-take at the use of “professional” as I always do when this is mentioned with respect to amateurs who use blinky gadgets and get their “training” from TV shows. They have marched steadily into American consciousness and convinced many people…

Why the Darwin Awards Should Die

A recent tragic story in the news reminded me once again that people can be callous and unthinking in reaction to others’ misfortune. A 19-year old girl shot her boyfriend by his request with the goal of making a viral YouTube video showing how a book can stop a bullet. It didn’t stop it. He’s…

Un-phenomenal Phenomena (Book Review)

Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis by Annie Jacobsen Phenomena is about the decades-long dance of the US military with the idea of anomalous mental phenomena and the psychics who say they have these skills. Much is made of the author, Jacobsen, being a Pulitzer prize nominee.…

Astrophysical comedy and education

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson paid a visit to Hershey, PA this week. It was a packed house, which was encouraging to see. All ages, from kids as young as 6 to elderly folks, were in attendance. That’s pretty remarkable. Hershey is an upper middle-class area with many professionals employed at the large teaching hospital, Penn…

Sidgwick’s 1885 seed of an idea

I’m currently working on a piece for Spooky Geology. Such topics typically involve diversions, tangents, sidebars and rabbit holes. What I think is going to be a direct list of references and ideas to answer a question about where some concept came from never turns out to be that. Instead, I find incomplete leads from…