A theory for how the ancient Egyptians were able to move those massive stones without modern equipment: The old "Light as a feather, stiff as a board" children's game: https://youtu.be/6E4_7O4TTKw
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island on the History Channel has been an entertaining watch.
My own theory that is based on the evidence so far is that the island most likely contains treasure -- most likely in the form of holy relics from the Jerusalem that were obtained during the Crusades. It was most likely hidden there by the last of the Knights Templar, who were being persecuted by the Catholic church, hundreds of years ago.
I am not going to explain my reasoning here, but you will see what I mean if you watch enough episodes.
the why files
The Why Files on Youtube have been doing a great job investigating strange topics that are usually related to the paranormal. If he can debunk something he will do so. But if he is unable to debunk it he will admit it. My biggest problem with the skeptics is that most of them hate being wrong and will refuse to go where ever the data-clues lead. It's good to see such clear thinking these days. I am not even sure that I agree with him a 100%, but it is nice to see someone at least trying to be reasonable.
Start with these two videos:
skinwalker ranch part 2
I see that a skeptic from the New York Post has been attempting to discredit the Secret of Skinwalker Ranch televised investigation on the History Channel. I watched his videos to see if he could come up with some good points. The problem is that he left out so much information and instead chose to cherry pick a few straw man cases. It does not even look like he has watched every episode. I am sure that if I did a deep investigation of his investigation that I would be able to debunk many if not most of his accusations.
Here are two good episodes that I would urge him and other skeptics to start with -- that is if they are too lazy to watch every episode, at least start with these two:
An interesting video about structures in Peru that most people are not aware of. Some of the structures can be explained. Some can not.
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The secret of skinwalker ranch
I have been enjoying the History channel series: The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch and I do recommend it. Something is definitely happening there.
I also recommend the documentary: The Hunt for Skinwalker Ranch
And now for something a little bit different. My books deal with paranormal mysteries so I thought that it would not be inappropriate for me to touch upon the subject of "Bigfoot."
I have always been skeptical of such a creature, although I must admit that the more informed that I get about the topic the more I realize that it is not something that deserves to be mocked. What I discovered is that not all of the sightings can be attributed to bears or men in costumes. Something else appears to be going on.
Consider the following video, for example, in which it is shown that the proportions of a human being do not fit into the proportions of the famous Patterson-Gimlin film creature:
the problem of toxic stupidity
This morning I heard two political guys on the radio mocking people who have philosophy degrees. It’s not just their ignorance that bothers me, it is their arrogance and belligerence. The real problem is that these guys are just a symptom of a larger disease that is infecting our society. I am not talking about covid-19, I am talking about the problem of toxic stupidity.
In the past four years I have been feeling disgusted by the lack of respect not only for philosophy but for science, for scholarly consensus, for evidence, and for basic and verifiable facts as well as ethical decency. What is mind-boggling to me is that there are people out there who refuse to believe what the scientist and scholars and even reputable non-partisan institutions say, and yet they will believe what some anonymous user on a children’s website (4Chan) tells them.
Unfortunately, there are some very delusional and unscrupulous provocateurs out there who are telling uneducated people what they want to hear, instead of what they need to hear. They appear as respectable adults on the outside, but inwardly they are nothing more than naughty juveniles. Some of them even have violent intentions. It is apparent is that what they are trying to establish is a sociopathic authoritarian state that is fed by ignorance, arrogance, hatred, greed, racism, sexism, misunderstanding and lies. They commit these acts of stupidity while waving an American flag without even understanding anything about history and what the Founding Fathers of America were truly about. What is more is that they do the same thing with Constitution that they do with the Bible: namely, they skip over the parts that they do not like while simultaneously claiming to be the knowledgable upholders of these very traditions. It has become very evident that what they are trying to establish is an outfight Idiocracy.
I have doing my best to stay away from politics here because I want the finding that are presented in my books to appeal to everyone, not just one side; but if one side is going to go off the rails on the crazy train, no matter which side it is, than I am forced to speak my mind.
Deductive reasoning, philosophy, and the scientific method needs to be more prominently taught in the public schools to help prevent this type of toxic stupidity from the polluting minds and spirits of the people―the very same schools that many of these unenlightened barbarians are trying to defund so that their wealthy elite masters don't have to pay any taxes. In this case, we may have to learn educate ourselves and our own children.
Average people need to learn how to do objective fact checking. Indeed, if one were more scholastically and philosophically inclined they may not only be more respectful of the facts but respectful of ethics as well. Let’s start with non-partisan fact check websites that will call out ANYONE who gets it wrong. I recommend https://www.factcheck.org/. Also, https://www.politifact.com/ is not bad either. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend snopes.com. (See previous blog post about them.) We need to fact check and challenge the people who are trying to take over our democracy. We need to ask them to show us the evidence. We need to see if the source is reputable or is it from some anonymous kid in Russia. And if it is not reputable, we must challenge them and hold them accountable and help them to see the error of their ways.
The barbarians are at the gate. Please, do not let them in.
Socrates: "[…] he who is ill-governed in his own person – the tyrannical man, I mean – whom you just now decided to be the most miserable of all – will not he be yet more miserable when, instead of leading a private life, he is constrained by fortune to be a public tyrant? He has to be master of others when he is not master of himself: he is like a diseased or paralytic man who is compelled to pass his life, not in retirement, but fighting and combating with other men. […] Moreover, as we were saying before, he grows worse from having power: he becomes and is of necessity more jealous, more faithless, more unjust, more friendless, more impious, than he was at first; he is the purveyor and cherisher of every sort of vice, and the consequence is that he is supremely miserable, and that he makes everybody else as miserable as himself."
Any parallels in our own world?