15 Credibility Street #19: Leaping to doubtful conclusions

News items:

A news blast from the paleo world made top science headlines this week saying the great and powerful T. Rex is unfeathered.

Tyrannosaurus rex tail skin

Read the study that caused the news headlines and controversy.

A man in La Crescenta, Southern California, takes a shaky, unclear video of a wooded area and later claims there is an ape in the trees. Is it an ape? We say no. Why do some people jump to extreme conclusions? Here is a link to the video of a so-called mystery animal in the Tensas River. It’s no animal, either. It’s understandable that people really wish these marvelous explanations were the source of their anomalies, but that’s not realistic. Utilize Occam’s Razor for a safe bet: when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better one.

There are three new posts to Spooky Geology. Check them out.

Mjolnir pendant (Hammer of Thor)

The man who stabbed the Good Samaritans on the Portland, Oregon train was a white supremacist who subscribes to the idea that Viking culture has something to do with white power. He is confused (among other bad things).

Sharon gets an email solicitation from the Haldeman Mansion and a kerfuffle ensues about the ethics of creating a haunted past to fund the expensive present.

Haldeman Mansion

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Music by Cherry Teresa

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  2 comments for “15 Credibility Street #19: Leaping to doubtful conclusions

  1. Ben Radford
    July 9, 2017 at 12:19 AM

    Finally catching up! I liked the breakdown of the feathered dino “news”; the topic is sort of outside of my wheelhouse and I didn’t really understand the nuances of the debate, and the show helped. The warning about headlines being wrong can’t be repeated often enough…

    The Haldemann mansion pimping out their place for $40 a pop to hunt for ghosts is pretty distasteful… Glad you’re raising the ethical issues about this. Reminds me of the Santa Fe Prison here in NM, the site of a horrific and deadly riot. They allowed ghost groups to do tours but finally stopped out of respect for the families…

  2. Educated christian
    July 15, 2017 at 6:22 PM

    I love this site. It’s refreshing to see real news, I mean claims that are supported by facts, evidence, and professionals. Not iresponsible reporting with no investigation into topic being discussed. Thank you for what your doing.

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