The Mad Aardvark

Critical commentary on culture…

Archive for the ‘america’ Category

The Dying Art of Ghost Hunting

Posted by madaardvark on August 28, 2010

First, let me express my condolences to the family and friends of Christopher Kaiser, who died early Friday morning.  He was struck by a train in Statesville, North Carolina while he and others were walking along the tracks on a 300-foot bridge.  Reportedly, he showed incredible strength of character by sacrificing himself while throwing his girlfriend clear of the oncoming train.  She fell from the bridge and is now in serious condition, but she survived thanks to his efforts.

The group was investigating the rumors of a ghost train that is reported to race across the bridge on the anniversary of a massive crash that occurred in 1891.  They say that the sounds of a train, a crash, and more can be heard, and sometimes one can see the train itself.

“Professional” paranormal investigation teams point to the dangers of their profession and urge people to go through proper channels when investigating hauntings.  They also encourage safety, caution and preparation.

However, the explosion of ghost hunting is starting to fade away, at least in “professional” circles.  Of what constitutes professionalism I am not sure, but it seems that anyone who can assemble friends, promote themselves as an organization, and contact the proper authorities before entering purportedly haunted locations can call themselves a professional.  With these simple qualifications in mind, it is no wonder that the ghost hunting community is starting to splinter.  Television shows like Ghost Hunters and Most Haunted have been criticized by “real” ghost hunters as sensationalism and fiction, and I think it’s safe to say that we are hearing about those big programs less and less.  This may have something to do with fading interest by typical television watchers and active boycotts by “professional” ghost hunters.

That doesn’t mean the phenomenon of ghosts is going away.  The focus now has been on individuals rather than objective teams.  Two programs in particular, Celebrity Ghost Stories and My Ghost Story focus on an individual relating personal experiences, with no investigation, counter-examples, or even base interview as a balance.  Nor does the show need those things.  The idea is of a person telling a story that is a combination of what they heard and what they may have experienced (sometimes the storyteller isn’t even sure).

These stories are a great example of folk tales as tools of enculturation.  Many stories are similar, supposedly because the nature of ghosts is consistent.  Variations, of course, add to the mystique and suspense because,since ghosts can not be completely defined, the true nature of these things can not be determined.  The ghost tale is about confronting the unknown and coming to terms with it – especially the experience of death and what may happen afterward.

This experience is a personal one, which may be why ghost hunting as an institution is deteriorating.  This is also a result of postmodern religious thinking.  Either way, when a group begins claiming specialized knowledge that other groups within the same field do not have, that inevitably leads to in-fighting and unhealthy criticism.  Everyone disassociates themselves from everyone else, hostilely derides one another, and splinters off into their own factions.  The ones on top of the heap (namely the TAPS organization on the Ghost Hunters show) are both prime targets for criticism and often the most likely to criticize.

It’s a strange situation.  Scientific investigation relies on peer review processes.  Articles written for scientific journals receive such peer reviews both before and after publication.  There tends to be consent among scientists because of this reason, but new ideas are treated with the most critical observation, comment, and review.  Ideally, this would happen to paranormal investigations as well, and it seems to be occurring ever-so quickly.  Unfortunately, there is no consensus to even basic principles of that “discipline.”  Combine that with the aforementioned personal nature of the event being studied, and you have a flux of interest and communication.  Everyone claims authority, willing to afford it to none.

Such is what happens with a folktale developed for transmitting beliefs in personal validation.  How can a group or institution possibly sustain itself when what is perceived as a too rigid and impersonal draconic organization (science) is brought into question?   If the belief is to sustain itself, it has to relinquish some form of organizational authority and become one of personal validation and unorganized learned beliefs.  Even when ideas and ideals are shared and encouraged, the path to such knowledge has to be one of individual discovery.

That is one of the ironic manifestations of postmodernism.  How do we reconcile a group belief in individuality and unique experiences that must be reached through those experiences?  When the Truth that everyone shares is that there IS no Truth, or that Truth is subjective, how can we be sure of that?  It becomes a paradox unless one arbitrarily decides what that Truth is.  Some will allow for it to be whatever we decide it is, while others insist on their version of it.  Then Truth becomes synonymous with God.  (Is there Truth? How do we know what Truth is? Everyone has their own path to discover Truth.  Your Truth is not my Truth.  etc.)

And that’s where ghost hunting stagnates, at least as a manifestation of a belief system.  As a science, well, ghost hunting certainly leaves something to be desired, but that’s another post for another time…

Related Sites:

Ghost Hunters TV Show – Fake?

Don’t Watch Ghost Hunters Tonight!

Amateur “Ghost Hunter” Killed in Toronto

‘Ghost Train’ Hunter Killed in North Carolina

Advertisements

Posted in america, pseudo-science, science, television | Tagged: , , , | 9 Comments »

Of Pigs and Men

Posted by madaardvark on May 13, 2010

People, please read more than one work of literature in your lives, and stay away from Orwell, especially if you’re politically minded. Everyone always misunderstands Orwell because they think he writes well and they want to agree with him.

Orwell was a communist, through and through. 1984 and Animal Farm are (ironically) about the way people misunderstand and misuse what Orwell saw as true communism for their own purposes, and how the ideals of revolution are ultimately betrayed by new totalitarian regimes.   Neither one is about the evils of communism, and even suggesting that they painted capitalism as the opposing evil to good and pure communism is incorrect.

Even though Orwell knows how to turn a phrase, those works are not exactly considered the height of literature.  Both of those books are severely limited by the time in which they were written and can rarely be applied to contemporary politics. Unless you can take into account the European and American post-WWII, early Cold War, Russian Revolutionary political climate, stop using Orwell to support your OWN culturally limited views.

Incidentally, here is the webpage that had the header picture I borrowed.  A nice blog entry here about postmodernism at its worst.

Posted in america, Art & Literature, books | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

American Purpose

Posted by madaardvark on April 26, 2010

In environments where nothing is beautiful, the elements of functionality and standardization encourage the living body to engage in all kinds of fruitless, purposeless activity, interested only in the aesthetic experience rather than substance or meaning.  It is a revolution and a rejection of formal, day-to-day, purposefully direct activity meant for pure literal productivity and materialist representation.  Even the soul, craving for something more interesting or beautiful than simple practicality in daily living, turns to the religious as metaphor while keeping the ideal of purpose and direction within.  Work, then, in deep boxes made of plastic and textile fabrics, reaches a religious experience: Puritanism returns in the form of work expectation and the beauty of a clear, white, cloud-like afterlife, floating in a blue sky.  Retirement is the Nirvana of American work ethic – dedicated mindfulness of duty to home, employer, God, society.  And Christ provides, typically through magnificent acts of favorable destruction that pays dividends to the honest, upright citizen – one who pays his insurance on time and keeps his premiums low.  We function for ourselves, our families, our companies, the burden of meaning and direction spiraling outward from the individual to the greater whole: the country, the Christ.  The melting pot is one of religious commerce, as each to their own and ability spreads out towards community, communication, commonwealth, capitalism, Catholicism, and corporate hierarchy.  Even those who profess no allegiance to deity or demon contribute to the overall workings of a Christian nation, spreading the value of dollar and deity further and further.  In the hearts and minds, all work and political ties are linked to religion, the thread of a single worker helping weave a tri-colored flag, and each thread made of singular strands of individuality, religion, work ethic, and want, until national identity is composed of all these things, inseparable from one another despite our attempts to ensure otherwise.  For the goal is the spread of ideas and ideals, the encouragement for other flags to keep their colors while adopting our threads and the machines  that make them, the machines that spin them, and the machines that sell them.  In the midst of this overwhelming necessity and drive, this unyielding demand for purpose and direction, this terrible importance of destiny in efficiency, the only escape is through emptiness, thoughtlessness, a void of refreshing oblivion and lack of stressful demands and doomed responsibility.  Impossibility breeds carelessness, ultimate urgency breeds frivolity.

God is a boss that knows our names.  Faceless crowds of people, pushing forward, buzzing, consist of individuals longing for recognition and thanks.  Personal saviors are the foremen and managers that are familiar with us and our work, who know how our efforts contribute to the whole project.  The earthly overseer all too often ignores us, forgets us, and has our checks signed by secretaries with rubber stamps that simulate names of power.  Take this check ye forth and present it, for unto those who believe, the relics of My station, My profits, may be seen as embodiments of My own Self and righteous Name.  I bestow upon the faithful the riches of Heaven.

Posted in america, Art & Literature, poetry | Leave a Comment »

Ghost Stories and the Waking Dream

Posted by madaardvark on October 3, 2009

fuseli_nightmare-1781

Fuselli's "Nightmare," inspired by 18th century misunderstandings of sleep paralysis

I love the feeling in the air during this time of year.  The crispness and chill after the warmth of summer reminds us of mortality.  With that comes the hopes and fears of life after death, coupled with the limitless imagination of the human mind.  It’s beautiful, frightening, confusing, and a whole lot of fun.

I’m going to tell some ghost stories.  I’m going to tell as many personal anecdotes as I can.  Despite my personal beliefs on their credibility, I believe that it’s important that certain of these kinds of stories repeat in our culture.  There are important things that can sometimes only be conveyed through the personal anecdote of unverifiable paranormal accounts.

So I was watching the first of these ghost story documentaries that they’ll be playing for the rest of the month.  The formula is pretty standard now.  Tape some people sitting in a dark room, throw some dramatic lighting and the optional odd camera angle, and get them to tell ghost stories.  Meanwhile, actors reenact the events, complete with film-student camera cuts and special effects.  Cue creepy music and suggestive text or narration that pretends to act ‘objective.’

Now, there are a lot of standard stories that you hear on these shows.  I propose that they’re always similar because 1) people hear them a lot already, 2) people tend to make judgments and leaps in logic toward those things they already believe in, and 3) there’s something about the values and beliefs of our culture that bears repeating again and again in similarly coded symbolic interpretations of events (as I said above).

My favorite television show ghost stories are ones that involve children waking up in the middle of the night and seeing something at their bedside.  Creepy in the extreme, surely.  These stories are followed by the child (now an adult) insisting to their parents that what they saw was real and not a dream.  This is usually followed by coincidental experiences after the event that seem to support the idea of a ghostly encounter.  The moral of the story is that children are somehow more attuned to things that adults take for granted (as symbolized by the ‘spiritual’ world), perhaps due to their perceived innocence (i.e. lack of full cognitive ability and the talent to blissfully ignore social norms that adults are conditioned into), and that adults should really listen to children more often.

I have a kid of my own, who woke up in the middle of the night last month screaming that there was something in her room.  I ran in there, fueled by parental instinct and ignoring the voice of reason telling me that she was mistaken.  Sure enough, there she was, sitting up in bed in terror, pointing at a stuffed monkey sitting on her bed that she had won at the fair.  We shared a good laugh, but she still ended up sleeping in my bed.

In the words of Bill Cosby, I told you that story so I could tell you this one.  My heart sank when I heard her scream, not because I thought there was something there, but because I empathized with her terror.  My childhood was fraught with sleepless nights due to nightly events that would leave me frightened and exhausted.  I spent a lot of time either getting to bed as early as I could, to get as much sleep in as I could before things happened, or staring at the walls, not sleeping at all.  When I would drift off, my eyes would snap open, my heart would pound, and I’d wait for whatever it was to happen.

First, I would wake, but I would be frozen in place.  I would be incredibly drowsy and have a hard time fighting the inevitable return to sleep.  I would be in a panic for seemingly no reason at all.  Worst of all, I was convinced that someone or something was at my bedside, forcing this experience on me.  For some reason, I was trapped, unable to move, while something was there, doing God-knows-what.  Sometimes I was convinced it was a ghost, sometimes a demon, sometimes aliens.

While I was getting used to being used, the events started to take a new turn.  Sometimes I would wake up, not feeling paralyzed, and see things in my room.  I once saw a prison inmate, complete with striped suit and shackled to a ball and chain, crouching in my closet, grinning.  Once, I saw a man in black clothes standing at the foot of my bed, looking at me.  Another time a man and a woman looked at me over their shoulders while I woke up, saw that I had noticed them, and rushed towards me with malicious intent.  Every time I saw these things, they would fade in a few moments.  I started to get so used to seeing them that I would casually discount them.  One night I saw only a floating pair of hands that motioned around like a stage magician, clearly there just to try and scare me.  I yawned and went back to sleep.

I never knew what the hell this all was, but it would happen to me regularly until I was about 22 years old.  I never quite knew if all of this was just in my head, if my soul was in danger, or if I was experiencing some kind of psychic feedback from the alien abductions.  These things weighed on my mind so much through my life that they would of course enter into my dreams.  Nightmares of ghosts, demons, aliens, government experiments, etc. never ended.  Then one night that all changed.

I was sleeping on the lower bunk of my dorm room, alone, after my room mate had dropped out.  I started to wake up, I felt the usual feelings of terror, and I struggled to open my eyes and fight the sensation.  That’s when I saw him walk past my bed:

jasonv

He walked past my head, looking towards the door.  He stopped, looked down at me for a second, then he moved on.  I woke up as soon as he was out of my field of vision, and I jumped to my feet.  I was alone, of course, except for the big cardboard cut-out of Jason Voorhees that I bought at a video store just two weeks before.  This was the sign from my subconscious that I have been making all of this up myself for years.

When I realized it was just a sleeping disorder, I felt great.  I would still have episodes on occasion (my last one was a few months ago), and the immediate feeling of terror will always come with it, but I started to get a lot more sleep and the problems declined immediately.  I spent the next few weeks looking on the internet for people with similar problems.  Lo and behold, I learned about ‘sleep paralysis’ and how it occasionally comes with hallucinations (both visually and audibly – I have had some, but very few, sound hallucinations in this state).

I would encourage anyone who has had childhood imaginings like this (and at least three people I have known have) to look into this.  Alternately, don’t do anything of the kind, and keep spreading ghost stories.  I like to hear them, but please keep them out of science classrooms and academic discourse.  They do not belong there except as examples of contemporary folklore and mythology.  Fascinating!

Posted in america, pseudo-science, science, television | Tagged: , , | 5 Comments »

The Motion Picture of Dorian Gray

Posted by madaardvark on July 30, 2009

dorian-gray

I believe now that the war is lost.  The film Dorian Gray that is due in theaters September 9th is perhaps the most offensive thing I’ve ever been accosted with.  Note the title of the film, and watch this trailer:

Did anyone notice something missing?  In the title and in the trailer?  That’s right.  WHERE IS THE PICTURE?  Oscar Wilde’s novel was about the relationship between art, artist, critic, subject, and how the population is affected by artistic movements, particularly the decadent/aesthetic movement of his time.  What happens when you remove or downplay the art aspect of that story?  I can’t tell if the portrait of Dorian Gray is in the movie, but it’s certainly ignored in the trailer in favor of Gray’s personal decadence.

Removing the role of the picture, if not the picture itself, and replacing it with mirror images makes the story focus on the personal, post-modern, self-interpretive, self-subjective, self-interested, selfish trend in art and general media that we’ve seen building for years.  I doubt this is intended as a criticism or social commentary.  Most likely it is a Hollywood response to ‘people don’t want to hear about that art stuff.  Let’s focus on the decadence and the individual.’  In the end, this movie can say, is that there is no real art, or that it doesn’t matter.  Critic and artist are one in the same (with the merging of Basil and Lord Henry into one character, it seems), and their opinion shouldn’t matter to you because they are manipulating you into belief rather than allowing you, the individual, to make decisions on your own.

I have never heard before, in my life, that Dorian Gray’s problems were all because of ‘what Lord Henry did.’  His curse extended from a pledge that he made himself, based on the unpracticed philosophy of Lord Henry and a painting created by Basil Hallward, followed by the choices that Gray made after being linked to the painting as he was.  We’ll see how that all plays out with this new movie, and maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

What I expect, though, is another confused ‘message’ being sent out by Hollywood.  They produce a sensationalist movie that gives warning about individuals (the audience) indulging in decadent behavior, all the while giving the audience a means of experiencing that behavior vicariously through the characters in the movie.  And that’s it.  From what I saw in the trailer, if there is a portrait of Gray, it was created by Lord Henry almost in secret, and he’s using it against Gray, or some stupid thing like that.  The entire point of the story is pissed on and thrown right out the window, while at the same time, the movie stands as an unintentional metaphor for the state of Fine Art in the world – all gone, replaced by selfish individualism at the cost of understanding anything outside one’s limited personal experiences.

Posted in america, Art & Literature, movies | Tagged: , , | 12 Comments »

A New Topic

Posted by madaardvark on July 28, 2009

Here is a partial list of searches that have lead people to this page:

anime,  time travel anime,  badger anime,  anime yearn,  swimming anime girl, anime hands

Let’s change the subject, already.  Here are some possible topics:

1. Crazy conspiracists.  All I can say about this is “woah.”  What boggles my mind the most is the time and effort put into the posts by PaCmAn himself.  Every day he has a new 1500 word essay about something.

2. New Fossil from China lake bed.  The Theory of Evolution remains constant.  This only changes our ideas of where it might have happened.  It is still entirely possible that multiple cases of animal evolution occurred in different places at the same time.  For some reason, people want to believe that evolution is something that happens ONCE to this ONE ORGANISM in order for it to reach some pinnacle of existence (i.e., humans are an inevitable result and that they are somehow ‘better’ or ‘more evolved’).

3. Harold Ramis on Indiana Jones 4, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Batman… oh, and Ghostbusters 3.  “It all looked like the same movie to me, with diferent titles.”  Just awesome.  He echoes (much more diplomatically) the things I have to say about these same issues.  Suck it, Transformers.

Posted in america, conspiracies, movies, science | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »

Welcome Home, Astronauts

Posted by madaardvark on May 25, 2009

Atlantis_2009_crew

Space shuttle Atlantis landed safely on May 24th at Edwards Air Force Base at 11:39 EDT (10:39 Central).  I wasn’t able to watch the landing because I was preparing for my 9 year-old cousin to spend the entire day with us.  I’m glad to see the mission was successful despite setbacks in landing since Friday.

Welcome home, lady and gentlemen.  It was a noble and daring risk to take in the name of scientific discovery and in the spirit of American exploration.  Kudos.

Sadly, this will be the final shuttle mission to the Hubble space telescope.  After updating the equipment there with cutting-edge technology (which should remain so for about two weeks), NASA has no more plans to bring any of their remaining space shuttles to the telescope.  Presumably, there will be more advanced spacecraft and/or space telescopes developed in the future.

Please visit the NASA homepage for more information on this shuttle mission, as well as info on previous and future missions.  There aren’t many left, (the final missions will be in 2010!) so watch them live on NASA video when you can.

Today, while my cousin was visiting, he found an old, heavy, die-cast metal space shuttle sitting on a shelf.  It’s actually a transformer rip-off (not even a Go-Bot), and despite how unlikely it is that a covert giant robot would choose a space shuttle as its ‘disguise’ form, it was always one of my favorite toys.

People forget how incredibly excited we all were to watch the Challenger mission.  Space shuttle mania had hit the brains of every middle-schooler in the nation.  In 1985, the year before Challenger exploded, NASA had nine shuttle missions, the most ever in one year.  In fact, considering how often these ships have gone up and back, it’s amazing to think of how few accidents there have been.  Out of 126 missions, there have been only two disasters.  That’s pretty incredible, considering we’re firing off 240,000 pounds into space at 17,000 miles per hour.

Posted in america, science | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Ida know…

Posted by madaardvark on May 24, 2009

missing_link

Talk of the fossil that was discovered in Germany a little while ago is incredibly important to scientific study, but calling it the ‘missing link’ is just a little unnerving.  The problem is that animals taks so very long to evolve from one distinct form into another, and there are many many many transitional forms between them that we just don’t have.  Because of the odds of finding such pristine preservation, the odds of finding each and every form between stages is astronomically small. I don’t have much of a problem with that, considering the forms we do have are remarkably similar and show the transitions nicely.

Here’s the problem: because so many fossils will not be found, fundamentalist groups that doubt the validity of scientific study, particularly evolution, will never be satisfied with the number of finds.  There are already pseudo-scientific creationists out there attacking the discovery of the century (granted, the century is only 9 years old…) in an effort to promote their agenda of spreading ignorance on behalf of their world view. But, maybe I’m just a pessimist, and the creationist community will understand the findings, and stop working against the rest of the human race.

At any rate, I found a creationist opinion on the find, located here, and I’d like to quote the main opposing points, and offer counter-points to them:

…rather than an apeman-like missing link that some media sources have irresponsibly implied, the real story is quite underwhelming and should in no way faze creationists. Let’s first review the facts:

–The well-preserved fossil (95 percent complete, including fossilized fur and more) is about the size of a raccoon and includes a long tail. It resembles the skeleton of a lemur (a small, tailed, tree-climbing primate). The fossildoes not resemble a human skeleton.

–The fossil was found in two parts by amateur fossil hunters in 1983. It eventually made its way through fossil dealers to the research team.

–Ida has opposable thumbs, which the ABC News article states are “similar to humans’ and unlike those found on other modern mammals” (i.e., implying that opposable thumbs are evidence of evolution). Yet lemurs today have opposable thumbs (like all primates). Likewise, Ida has nails, as do other primates. And the talus bone is described as “the same shape as in humans,” despite the fact that there are other differences in the ankle structure.3

–Unlike today’s lemurs (as far as scientists know), Ida lacks the “grooming claw” and a “toothcomb” (a fused row of teeth) In fact, its teeth are more similar to a monkey’s. These are minor differences easily explained by variation within a kind.

1. The skeleton resembles both a lemur and a human, suggesting that the human race evolved from primates much more like lemurs than monkeys.  A brief overview of skeletal and muscular anatomy would clearly show how human-like the fossil is.  To the uneducated, or the ignorant (not the same thing), the skeleton certainly doesn’t ‘look’ human.

2.  The fossil was found in two parts because they had to keep digging to find the rest of it.  But find it they did, and it fits together perfectly.

3. Humans are the only creatures that have OPPOSABLE thumbs.  Not all thumbs are opposable, though many animals (monkeys, raccoons, lemurs, gorillas) have semi-opposable thumbs.  Touch your thumb to the tip of your pinkie finger.  Now, quickly, touch your thumb to the tip of each finger rapidly.  Right.  Only humans can do that.  Fine manipulation is beyond the ability of any other primate.

4. Similar to a monkey’s and not consistent with the lemur group.  This is how we know animals are transitions between species.  Like the platypus.

More information about the fossil can found here, at the National Geographic website.  And here’s a Youtube video for you to enjoy:

Posted in america, creationism, pseudo-science, science | Tagged: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Anime still blows

Posted by madaardvark on May 23, 2009

Anime_SucksI just saw an ad on Adult Swim for their anime Saturdays and that 20 second hyper-flash clip collection they called a commercial reminded me, in just that brief amount of time, that anime is ridiculously asinine. I used to watch it back in the day because I thought the overblown emotional reactions of every character, and the total lack of consequences for them, was one of the most hilarious things I had ever seen. Why this shit-fest became something respected was beyond me. That is, until emo music got popular, then I realized that this concept is pretty attractive to repressed selfish assholes who only care about their own problems or how the problems of others directly affect them. Blame an internet society, or a lack of beauty and truth in art, or a media concerned with sensationalism over substance, or Joe Quesada for shitting on how comic books are interpreted, both contemporary and classic. I saw the last five minutes of the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon today, and in the end, Peter Parker almost missed a high school dance where he was supposed to meet Mary Jane, not his actual high-school sweetheart, Gwen Stacy, who Spider-Man accidentally killed later in their relationship. THAT’S RIGHT. Spider-Man killed her. People like to remember Green Goblin being to blame, but that’s only part of the story. It was Spidey’s own arrogance that did it, and HELLS BELLS that was an important part of Spider-Man’s history AS WELL AS comic history. Misunderstanding that, or ‘reinterpreting’ that idea misses the point entirely. We like to see heroes stomp in with no regard for anything other than winning the day, but there was a time when they actually gave a shit about innocent bystanders and BLAMED THEMSELVES when they failed. Add that complaint to the reasons why Batman Begins blew baboon balls, while we’re at it.

Posted in america, comics, movies, television | Tagged: , , | 18 Comments »

UFO vs. Windmill: CNN’s expert reporting strikes again

Posted by madaardvark on January 15, 2009

Here we go again. CNN doing their damndest to avoid actual reporting in favor of promoting sensationalism, superstition and stupidity.

I found in a blog attached to CNN that a real explanation was given by authorities: the thing just snapped apart. I can’t find this guy’s source, but it sounds like these kinds of things happen all the time. Things break when under stressful conditions. Or, as John Bender would say “Screws fall out all the time. The world is an imperfect place.” But no, people jump to conclusions based on several factors:
1. Lack of reasoning skills, both deductive and inductive
2. Irrational faith in the physical products of mankind
3. Inexperience
4. Beliefs bordering on religious fervor, wanting to believe in ‘something else out there’
5. Sheer ignorance

And CNN won’t report “oh, it wasn’t a UFO after all. It was just mechanical failure based on a faulty part and bad weather conditions.” No, they’ll let the UFO story stand and promote ignorance among the population. Thanks, CNN, for making everyone stupider.

Posted in america, pseudo-science, television | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »