Cranktastic

I am thoroughly enjoying The Philosophy of Pseudoscience on Kindle, edited by M. Pigliucci and M. Boudry. In chapter 8 by Erich Good, there is a discussion on that character we call the “crank”. I have a gmail folder labeled “cranks”. I don’t often get through their 2000 word screeds of rambling jargon and ALL…

Posted: My atheism talk on skepticism

I’m off to NECSS! The Northeast Conference of Science and Skepticism this weekend to talk about “Sounds Sciencey“. Should be an interesting time. Just yesterday, PA Nonbelievers released a video of my talk from last September at their conference. Now, I was hesitant to speak at an atheist event because promotion of atheism is NOT…

Scientific or Scientifical?

About half of all amateur research and investigation groups (ARIGs – those self-forming groups that do ghost hunting, Bigfoot searches, cataloging of UFO sightings, and other paranormalia) on the Internet say they use scientific methods and equipment and/or their field is based in science. [1] As one who actually did scientific work in a lab…

Building a wall with values

Throughout the day, I’m reading books and news stories and listening to podcasts. This week, I saw a recurring theme in my media selections: values and the entrenched position. I guess I was predisposed to thinking about it. I spent last week preparing a lecture on ethics for a professional licensure exam review. I included…

Antiscience slidecast

I prepared a presentation with narration for a graduate class. It’s about antiscience – a rather complex social topic, actually. This is about 31 minutes long with my narration. You can also skip slides with the forward button and the narration will still sync with the slide you are on. Questions are welcome!

Skeptic movement in flux

I’ve noticed over the past year, many changes in the skeptical community. There has been a huge surge in communication, podcasts and internet activity that allowed for growth and exchange among the 3 groups – Center for Inquiry (Skeptical Inquirer/CSICOP/CSI), Skeptics Society (Shermer’s Skeptic) and JREF (Randi’s). I always thought they each provided a different…

New Species. New ideas. Moving on.

This site is going on hiatus. I’ve run out of topics, but not bigger ideas. I’m going to pursue those independently but it will take a while. Plus, I’m not motivated enough (it’s summer) to write new articles – which is what generates traffic to the site. I’m going to leave thinking happy thoughts. First,…

Deconstructing ‘scoftic’

To preface, I’m not against new words. I’ve shared my love of witty neologisms such as the portmanteau words “blobjects”, “blobsquatch”, “blurfos” and the like. In those cases, we can describe ‘something that is not accurately depicted’. And, something that can’t speak for itself. The buzz on Cryptomundo has developed over using the word “scoftic”,…

The Jackson Coincidence

For 11 days this month, it appeared I had entered an alternate world where some higher force was interacting in my life.  Do I believe in fate? Prayer? Karma? No for all three. Coincidence? Yes. Well, this event seemed to be slightly more “spooky” than coincidental. See what you think. I have been searching for…

The Scariest Things

As you move through various stages of life, you gain courage to face the things that frighten you. Eventually, you learn that certain scary things don’t (effectively) exist, can’t truly harm you or likely don’t apply to you at this moment in time so they aren’t worth worrying about. Therefore, an average person is able…

Blogevangelist in cryptozoology

We hardly ever get paid to do the things we love. Who among us aspiring writers, Forteans and armchair scientists don’t hold full time jobs, have families, maintain homes, have other related responsibilities and also manage to keep up with news, email, do research and write in our blogs? Likely all of us. That’s precisely…

What would convince me?

“[If]…something has been revealed to a certain person, and not revealed to any other person, it is revelation to that person only. When he tells it to a second person, a second to a third, a third to a forth, and so on, it ceases to be revelation to all those persons. It is revelation…

Poor professional manners

My “Mooning” post generated a rant from an unconventional “writer, scholar, …ologist” and his followers. I get another copy of the same comments practically everyday. I won’t post them because they are ad hominem attacks with no substance behind them. Since they contain poor grammar as well as veiled threats, the incoming address has now…