I doubt it. And you should too.

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  1. After reading your Interview article in the Skeptical Inquirer, I read most of your blogs and your personal section. For a young person, you have had an auspicious career and displayed unusual energy doing what you so obviously enjoy. Congratulations. I will follow your blogs from now on to in order to keep updated on all those doubtful stories that clog the news and media. Many thanks for what I know takes long hours and studious research.

    I noticed you use WordPress for your blog site. I recently discovered it and began blogging. I am not a scientist as you are, but I have a background in science and lecture at CFI Indiana each month on Scientific Medicine and Mental Health. I’m also a Darwin impersonator for fun.

    If you ever get the time and have the energy, you might find my blog of some interest at graygoosegosling.WordPress. Keep up the good work and thanks. Craig Gosling

  2. Being scientifical (instead of scientific) is harmful. It gives the illusion of providing trustworthiness.

    What if it’s designed to serve an artistic aesthetic?

    1. Ginger: I wonder why you feel this way?

      All I ask is that evidence is provided and ask questions in order to understand.

      How is that closed minded? Seems to me those that just blindly accept whatever they’re told are the ones not using their mind.

    1. They were being scientific? Or pretending to be?

      I’m not sure I see your point. That was a movie. It was fiction.

      Portray of science in fiction is really pretty awful but influences people a lot. Not good. They have more experience with fictional science than real science.

  3. How do you know it was fiction? Did the film tell you or did you find that out on your own? My point is, who’s responsibility is it to seek verification? The one delivering the message or the one receiving the message? I submit, it’s a little bit of both. And the percentage of responsibility depends on the product being presented, which can be very subjective. I believe the makers of a new drug have an entirely different social responsibility regarding the “truth” verses the makers of a Big Foot documentary that is ultimately trying to entertain.

    1. Ultimately, it is the consumer’s responsibility because people will use common weaknesses to fool the consumer, even unintentionally.

      You are right, there is a higher responsibility when dealing with people’s health. The point of my work is to show people situations where they can be fooled and how to avoid that. Sometimes, like with kids, showing them examples of this that they find entertaining or interesting, gets them in a more critical pattern of thinking.

      1. I personally don’t think it’s falls squarely on the consumer. For instance, Banks should be transparent and honest about what fees they charge. Period. Some even have “Trust” in their names for crying out loud. At the same time, I automatically assume a used car salesman is trying to rip me off, so I would exercise a higher level of scrutiny in this case. But I completely agree (and commend) your efforts to teach people to scrutinize everything. Better safe than sorry, I always say.

        1. I didn’t say it falls squarely on consumer, exactly. There is a responsibility and to use your example, banks, do some shady things to hide their charges, legally. So, in order to be better protected, you CAN’T rely on the company or salesperson. It amazes me how many people trust too much.

          Thanks for your comments.

      2. Although, to be honest, we all “mislead” others to varying degrees.

        For example, is the picture your using for your profile the “real” you or just one of your favorites with a touch of enhancement?

        (Just being Devil’s Advocate)

      3. I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to be rude. (It’s a very nice picture). In my defense I did say “to varying degrees”.

        The point I was making is that “deception” is just that; a matter of degrees. Of course, you affecting your picture is no where near the degree of malfeasance as compared to the legalized banking scam that ushered in the housing crises.

        1. A little bit of deception is necessary in our society. “Nice to see you” “I’m fine” “That looks wonderful on you!” “Oh, it’s no bother”.

      4. The question for me has always been, not so much about the deceptions themselves or the people behind them, be it religion, Big Foot, UFO’s etc., but WHY so many people want or NEED to believe them in the first place?

  4. schizopictures, we know it’s fiction because the filmmakers and actors have said so. It’s no secret that “The Blair Witch Project” is a mockumentary. It’s been rather well known since the time the movie came out.

      1. That supports my point. You should DOUBT everything within reason. I’d like to think that spreading information about how to think more critically is a noble goal. (Not everyone agrees.)

      2. Oh, I know very well that people thought it was real. My ex girlfriend was one of them. And I did a class on documentaries in college, where “Blair Witch Project” was one of the subjects we discussed, so I’m fairly familiar with the making of the movie and the attention it got from the audience.

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