Friday, March 02, 2007
Smeared Science & The Boring Truth
I like science and history channels: Discovery, Animal Planet, History channels etc.. but it drives me up the wall and through the ceiling when they present nonsense as serious documentaries. This includes, psychics, ghosts, alien abductions, UFOs, Bigfoot, and so on. It's entertaining, but it's about as scientific as me saying I got bad luck because I walked under a ladder. Sometimes they bring in a good skeptic like James Randi or Joe Nickel to counter the nutballs, but typically this footage is edited down to a "That's not true..." leaving out the explanation as to why it isn't true. I suppose the boring truth isn't as exciting as some yo-yo talking about his torrid affair with the Loch Ness Monster.
Then again, considering the way human beings behave, the boring truth isn't important to them.