The 37th Skeptics' Circle is up!
This fortnight it's at Autism Diva's blog, and may I just say that she's done a spectacular job, particularly with the fishy subtext.
Yes, I apologise for that particularly bad pun.
Of interest to me this month is one by Skeptico where he criticises a book by a guy named Daniel Pinchbeck, a bloke who appears to be what's technically described as a "major kook".
Pinchbeck appears to have had an apocalyptic revelation, strangely coinciding with an intake of ayahuasca.
Skeptico has since published a sequel here.
One issue that it raises is, can you legitimately criticise something that you haven't read?
Personally, I haven't read Mein Kampf or Protocols of the Elders of Zion, but I believe that I know enough about them to be able to say without reservation that they are complete Croco-Stimpy's.
In the case of Pinchbeck, when you add what Skeptico has written about this book to what Pinchbeck himself has posted on these two posts of Skeptico's, you really are left with the conclusion that Pinchbeck is one certifiable melonfarmer.
I'm going to disclose that I haven't read Pinchbeck's book.
Notwithstanding, I'm also going to disclose that I believe it to be 100% rubbish of the silliest possible kind.
Apart from this, as always, there is all sorts of wonderful stuff for everyone here. Get amongst it.
Read it here:
37th Skeptics' Circle