I haven’t been “about” very much these past two months. I have to take Vitamin D supplements because I don’t think I’m getting enough sunshine exposure! We continue to have worse weather in PA than in southern Norway these days.
Been writing pieces, talks, doing interviews, and, of course, the weird news continues unabated. I wish I could blog here every day but there are simply not enough hours in the day. So, the thoughts remain in my head, simmering.
Currently, I’m reading The Elusive Quarry: A Scientific Appraisal of Psychical Research by uber-Skeptic, Ray Hyman. I am astounded at how much I am learning about the current state of paranormal research from Ray’s insights into the the BEST years of parapsychology. Honestly, comparitively, today’s “paranormal research” is a mess. But that DOES NOT mean it has to continue to be a mess. I’m working on a book. While I have no high hopes it will be read by those who REALLY NEED IT, it will be out there for anyone.
The Elusive Quarry is a bit hard to find at a reasonable price but a signed copy was graciously lent to me to read. Sadly, I will have to return it. Meanwhile, I’m take copious notes. Yes, it looks like I’m studying for a test but I want to squeeze the bits of wisdom out and preserve them for future use. I do this will all of my books and dump the notes into Evernote.
I despair when I see self-described skeptics or paranormal researchers seem unconcerned with history, who are completely oblivious to knowledge that has been gained before. You ignore the skeptical literature at your peril. It is head and shoulders above the level of today’s popular “ghost” and cryptid books which are mostly trash.
Anyway… it’s been a busy month of February — with contacts about Rick Dyer’s Bigfoot body sideshow and baseless libel threats about my article on the Paracas skulls. Seriously, people, just request a clarification, I’ll be happy to do it. If you threaten me with a lawsuit in the first contact email, that first impression is shot to hell. I’ll cooperate but I won’t think very highly of you.
I am overwhelmed with doubtful news, for sure. It gets discouraging when you repeatedly try to get better info out there to no avail. But I am committed to Doubtful News. I’ve heard from so many lovely people who say it’s their favorite site and that I should keep on keeping on. So, I know it’s making a difference.
In March, I’ll make my first “keynote” address. It will be at a Mensa gathering in New Jersey. It should be interesting. Then, I will take a weekend break so I can enjoy my books. I still love books — they don’t swear back at you.
I also put up a public Facebook page, please visit and “like”. I feel insignificant so far. I’m uncomfortable with self-promotion, but with the number of reporters wanting a skeptical POV, I thought this was a wise idea. Besides, I’m not feeling all that comfortable with the number of extreme atheists, Bigfooters and random men making friend requests on Facebook. I’m going to have to cull that “friend” list.
That’s all for now.