Category Archives: pseudoscience

Getting Past the Eclipse Hype

Considering the absurd level of hype and some of the more ridiculous exaggerations and crackpot  claims of mystical silliness, I am sorry to say that I will be glad when the whole thing is over. Eclipses are amazing and beautiful. … Continue reading

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Earth’s Forests are “Diminished Imitations” of “Real” Trees

I want to be optimistic about humanity — I really do. But it seems like every morning I wake up to a new low in the annals of human stupidity. Let me make up an example. This may be believed … Continue reading

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Do Flat Earth Believers Have a Mental Flaw?

The funny — and very annoying — thing about conspiracy theorists is that they are willing to believe in an intricate and complicated fabrication far more complicated, and far less supported by any reasonable evidence, than is provided by standard … Continue reading

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Finland, the country that doesn’t exist

To a certain extent I can understand how rumors get started and how certain conspiracy myths spread. In some cases they start with a modicum of reality and stretch it into shapes that overly distrustful folks and/or those with overly … Continue reading

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Wingnuts see what they want

Slow-witted nimrods are all around us, and they get a lot of play on the Internet. No, I am not talking just about politicians, but also conspiracy theorists, alien abduction believers, “The Moon Landing Was Faked” morons and so on. … Continue reading

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Superstitious about Supermoons The older I get, the more fascinated I become with the tendency of some people to stick to their cherished beliefs when confronted with overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  It’s the same for folks who insist that … Continue reading

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Astrology is a crock

OK, there, I’ve written it and I will not take it back. Astrology is a crock, to be polite. It’s right up there with reading tea leaves and sheep entrails to tell the future. Except for possible contributions of the … Continue reading

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