January 13, 2010 at 12:58 am (anti-vaxxers, Blue River Horror, Blue River Monster, Cerra Azul Monster, Christianity, conspiracy, creationism, critical thinking, critical though, evidence, fallacy, homeopathy, logical thinker, religion, science, scientific, scientific data, scientific evidence, skeptic, skeptical thinking, skeptical thought, skepticism, Uncategorized)
I’ve noticed that there are days when places like the Skepchick site has what I would consider filler. Opinions are bandied about concerning a multitude of fluff topics. Often such issues as the Facebook bra color thing and how we fill our down time have been par for the course. Please understand that this is not a criticism of Skepchicks. They rock and I really wish I was one of them.
This is an observation.
As part of the observation, I wonder why this happens. Are there simply not enough news-worthy skeptical topics to cover? Is it that, after a while they simply run out of educational things to talk about all the time? Is it because it offers a break from those times when the stupidity of anti-vaxers, the Catholic Church, religious extremists and conspiracy theorists makes you want to ram your head through a wall??
I think I’ll take door number three.
This is just a guess mind you. After all, I don’t always talk about educational aspects of skepticism. Sometimes we all need a break from the serious.
And so, today we have…Filler!! TADA!
September 19, 2009 at 12:53 pm (Blue River Horror, Blue River Monster, Cerra Azul Monster, critical thinking, critical though, data, evidence, free thinker, logical thinker, Montauk Monster, rational, rational thinker, science, scientific, scientific data, scientific evidence, skeptic, skepticism, Uncategorized)
Scary looking, isn’t it? Like some little albino version of ET. This is the Blue River Monster or Cerra Azul Monster. Apparently, according to the story, a group of teenagers (ages 14-16) saw this creature come towards them climbing over the rocks. Of course they picked up rocks and stoned it to death.
Gotta love human beings. If it’s weird, kill it.
People have speculated that this is a mutant of some sort, an alien or even a new species all together. Thanks to Rebecca Watson at Skepchick.org, who found this article (http://bit.ly/RQdYM) we now know that it is nothing of the sort. Turns out this little old man albino creature is most likely to be a sloth that lost most of its hair during decomposition.
Which brings us to last years monster craze, the Montauk Monster. Now this little beauty looks like some kind of gryphon without the wings to me, personally. If you look closely you can see the hooked beak and long, raptor-like claws. Pretty convincing, eh?
It’s a raccoon. A raccoon that had been given a Viking funeral after having been found dead on the beach by a few drunken revellers. This article tells the whole story. (http://bit.ly/ayAx3).
Sasquatch has been shown to be a guy in a suit. The Loch Ness Monster was a wooden cutout on a raft. El Chupacabra is probably just a big, nasty dog or cougar. And while I’m killing myths, Zeus and the pantheon of Greek gods? Stories.
I don’t want you all to walk away feeling that as a skeptic I am a baby eating monster who sucks all the light from the world. So here’s something that IS real. This is a Hubble image of the spiral galaxy Messier 101 (M101). Here is the NASA link to tell you more about it (http://bit.ly/WfKRR). There are so many beautiful, REAL things in the world and the Universe at large to marvel and wonder at. Why focus on what ISN’T real?