Skepticism

Skepchick Quickies, 4.23

Jen

Jen is a writer and web designer/developer in Columbus, Ohio. She spends too much time on Twitter at @antiheroine.

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  1. Am I being to cynical in assuming that survey of Canada would probably have involved standing around downtown Toronto for an afternoon with clipboards?

    Either they lumped us together with the US, or thought that the US was a representative sample of North America, and didn’t bother doing a survey. Or, the comparative lack of controversy up here suggested that it really wasn’t an issue.

    The survey might have been just to compare the US to “Other Countries”, in which case, they just picked out a handful from the various continents, so that they could take it to various state assemblies and say “look how we stand up compared to obscure third world countries that many of our respondents had never even heard of.”

  2. The New Scientist book list was really interesting. I like that they included Elaine Morgan because even if she’s way off base with the aquatic ape thing, her “Descent of Woman” is what really suckered me into physical anthropology. And it’s because of her that I read her favorite book, The Naked Ape. Not a huge fan of Desmond Morris but he is a very useful resource.

  3. Ahh, yes, I followed the Phoenix Lights story closely since it happened in my town. By now this ‘mystery’ as long been debunked (as teambanzai notes).

    I wonder what makes people do this? Is it a publicity stunt? Just to get a rise out of people and do something different and disruptive? What makes people commit hoaxes?

    Any ideas?

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