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Re: Re: [humanism-174] Fwd: Bogus Louisiana Teacher Survey Used to Support Centr...

From: Glen
Sent on: Sunday, February 3, 2013 9:48 AM
Oops, as you probably gathered, while talking about Dr. Ockels views when I  wrote "...demonstrably illogical and totally lacking in evolution." I meant to say "lacking in evidence." Obviously I had evolution on the brain from from the previous discussion.  

Of course, technically his views are lacking in evolution too, since despite his vague references to it, evolution can't happen without time and lots of it.  That he doesn't seem to even notice the glasring contradictions in his views leads me to wonder if he might be doing the whole thing as a ruse or scam.  After all, there are plenty of faith healer, pychics, and others who do similar things. I don't think it's likely in Ockel's case, but it did give me another idea. I'd like to see someone actually create a fake mystical-physics theory (the more whacky the better), promote it with videos and speeches, and see how many people take the bait.  I bet tens of thousands would fall for it hook, line, and sinker, while many others would find it at least "interesting and worth thinking about."  What would be most interesting me would be everyone's reaction when it was acknowledged to be a ruse. To make sure everyone realized it was done just to make a point
 and have a little fun, any proceeds could be donated to charities or educational organizations.  But maybe it would have to be done on an entirely free basis, since anyone who bought tickets or materials might claim they were the victim of fraud, even if they were also the victim of their own gullibility, and even if they were offered refunds. Frankly, I think if it taught them something about skepticism and principles of reasoning, it would be money well spent.  I know James Randi and others have done similar things (and for free) on a smaller scale-- posing as faith healers or psychics-- but I don't know if anyone has ever posed as a new-agey, mystic physicist.      

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