My dad pointed out to the guide that is a ridiculous conclusion when it could be a tilt in the floor, vibrations from the clock, or a bad lock. Yes, he probably put a damper on the tour in his brusque manner, but it struck me as clear evidence of where I get my "skepticism." While I doubt the old man would ever call himself a skeptic, I clearly have no moving conversion tale from a woo to a rational world view like many a skeptic because of his (and mom's) influence.
I was glad to hear of my dad poking a hole in a woo balloon. It is a shame there were not more parents like them when I was a kid.
I am in the middle of "Reasonable Doubts" which has suddenly begun downloading from iTunes again after a few weeks break. I have no idea why it stopped, but maybe Steve Jobs is distracted by launching the iPad to care. I am about half way through the latest episode and its critical review of "Zeitgeist" the internet conspiracy documentary movie. Also, Brian Dunning recently covered "Zeitgeist" on "Skeptoid." What rock have I been under that I have missed the latest internet conspiracy movie? I need to get a copy of "Skeptic" magazine as there is an article about the film in the latest issue. (Sadly, my local news stand stopped carrying it late last year.)
Maybe, the conspiracy skeptic will cover this film in a future episode with a sage guest who is chock-full-knowledge? The film apparently makes claims of a conspiracy reaching back to the Roman Empire to hoist Christianity upon everyone, and somehow lead to the attacks on 9/11 and the much maligned Federal Reserve. It all sounds almost to good to be true, so I'll risk being put on a government kook watch list and watch it on line.
Just a random lunch time update from finally warming Pennsylvania.
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