15 Credibility Street #23: The sound and the fury

This episode, Sharon and Torkel discuss several recent news events and how they reflect on social views of science and credible sources.

First, an eclipse recap: Nothing bad happened and we were not overwhelmed by alien or occult forces.

The media reporting (taken from information directly from the US State Department) about a “Sonic Weapon Attack” is highly doubtful. We discuss why the evidence is lacking in reports about a health attack on US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba and why it more likely fits with various causes including mass psychogenic illness.

Anti-vaxxers in Minnesota push their dangerous agenda while health officials pursue an effective coalition.

Whataboutism is an effective rhetorical device to divert conversation in order to avoid dealing with real issues.

The upcoming movie ‘Winchester’ will be about Sarah and her strange house. Will it make her out to be a haunted eccentric widow that she likely wasn’t? Or will it show her as the intelligent, creative person she was and expose the cultural issues that created the myth?

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – Shakespeare, “MacBeth”

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  1 comment for “15 Credibility Street #23: The sound and the fury

  1. Headless Unicorn Guy
    September 9, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    First, an eclipse recap: Nothing bad happened and we were not overwhelmed by alien or occult forces.
    * The Hopkinsville aliens did not reappear.
    * New Age spiritualism at a Mt. Shasta festival

    Though I still get a kick out of the synchronicity and timing of the eclipse at Hopkinsville. That town has an “interesting” history.

    And Mount Shasta has been the Weird Religion Capital of Northern California for a LONG time. Since A Dweller on Two Planets by “Phylos the Tibetan” around 1900, but things really took off with the AMORC/Rosicrucians around the start of the Great Depression and things snowballed from there. (Source: Chapter 7 of Walter Kafton-Minkel’s Subterranean Worlds, tracing the RL history of Hollow Earth beliefs.)

    The upcoming movie ‘Winchester’ will be about Sarah and her strange house. Will it make her out to be a haunted eccentric widow that she likely wasn’t? Or will it show her as the intelligent, creative person she was and expose the cultural issues that created the myth?

    Probably Gilded Age Ghost Hunters.

    “When reality and legend conflict, Print the Legend!”
    — The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    And Mrs.W was one weird lady.

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