Stuart Robbins of the Exposing PseudoAstronomy podcast has put together a great new video that, well, exposes some bogus claims in astronomy. This one is going to get Richard Hoagland a bit angered as he covers the speculation from the Cydonia region of Mars – you know, the face.
Richard C. Hoagland made this famous decades ago and it still is believed by a number of people. Hoagland has a whole page to himself on the Bad Astronomy Blog. He’s a menace to astronomy.
Robbins video was uploaded today and we are proud to point you to it. Give it some thumbs up.
Explores claims made by “Mars anomalists” that the Cydonia region of Mars (the region with the “Face on Mars”) was constructed, designed, or arranged by intelligent aliens. The movie takes you through the context of the claim, some of the math behind it, an exploration of the “null hypothesis” (what the results would be if it were purely random), and draws conclusions based on the latest orbital imagery of Mars. This is talked about in more detail, including more complete explanations of the mathematical simulations and arguments, in the companion podcast episode here.
This is as solid a debunking of bunk as you can get by a person who actually knows what he’s talking about.
Your move, Hoagland. Better yet, shut it down already. But we all know that facts hardly ever kill let alone dent belief. Yet, there is many who were not around during the time the Face on Mars was popular paranormal fare. But the choice is yours now to examine the more advanced information and well-supported opinion of experts, or to buy into nonsense. There will always be those who revel in the nonsense.