Sunday, October 2, 2016

WHAT A SHAME- A look at the low points in the modern media. PSEUDOSCIENCE ON TELEVISION- LOGIC AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD NEED NOT APPLY. PT 12.



Monster, Spooky, Horror, Creepy, Weird

As I said in the last Post on this Subject, Titles can mean very little, so be careful when the Narrators sing the Praises of the "EXPERT."  

 Examples;

-  "ANCIENT ASTRONAUT THEORISTS" IS CURRENTLY BEING USED ON CERTAIN CABLE TELEVISION SHOWS.  WHAT PROFESSIONAL STATURE OR LEVEL OF EXPERTISE IN ANY BRANCH OF SCIENCE IS CONFERRED UPON THOSE WHO USE THIS TITLE?  ABSOLUTELY NONE.  I COULD CALL MYSELF A "JOLLY GREEN GIANT THEORIST," AND IT WOULD CARRY THE SAME LEVEL OF VALIDITY IN THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY.

-  "BIGFOOT" RESEARCHERS WHO CLAIM TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE CREATURES APPEARANCE, HABITS, BEHAVIOR, AND EVEN VOCALIZATIONS.  THE PROBLEM?  THEY HAVE NOT ONE SHRED OF SOLID EVIDENCE THAT CAN BE STUDIED, TESTED, AND EVALUATED IN A PROPER LABORATORY SETTING.  ANECDOTAL CLAIMS ARE MEANINGLESS, IN TERMS OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD, UNLESS THEY CAN BE BACKED UP BY PROPER SUPPORTING DATA. 

-  SORRY, BUT NO OCCUPATION SHOULD GIVE YOU A "FREE PASS," IN TERMS OF ACCEPTING YOUR TESTIMONY AS TRUE, AND BEYOND REPROACH.  THIS INCLUDES ACADEMICS, TEACHERS, PILOTS , POLICEMAN , MILITARY PERSONNEL etc.  OBSERVATION BIAS, PRECONCEIVED CONCLUSIONS, CULTURAL BACKGROUND, AND RELIGIOUS FAITH ARE SOME OF THE INFLUENCES THAT CAN AFFECT THE WAY ANYONE PERCEIVES A GIVEN EVENT, AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY EVALUATES IT INTO A PERSONAL FRAME OF REFERENCE AS TO WHAT ACTUALLY OCCURRED, AND WHAT IS STORED IN LONG AND SHORT TERM MEMORY.

THE RULES OF LOGIC, AND THE PROPER PROCEDURES INVOLVED IN EMPLOYING THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD MUST BE OBEYED BY EVERYONE. A GRANDIOSE TITLES, NAME RECOGNITION, OR EVEN PREVIOUS ACHIEVEMENTS DO NOT ALLOW FOR SHORTCUTS IN PROVING THE REALITY OF ANY PHENOMENA.



Date-  5/12/2015.