My Collection of Pseudoscience Pages
What happens when a crackpot with little to no advanced science eduation
(or in the more embarrassing cases, with some degree) decides that all
of modern science is (choose one or more: immoral, materialistic,
seductive, trashy, corrupt, evil, ungodly, narrow-minded, sinful,
wicked, or just plain wrong)? Well, normally he's ignored (except in
Kansas, where he's elected to the State Board of Education), and
nervously giggled at. But now he can put up a web page to spread
his word around the world, and get people to buy his poorly-written
books. If you've ever taken any science class at the college level,
you should be able to refute most of the claims made by these people.
(And if you paid attention in middle school and high school, you
should know that many of these people also conveniently bypass
the scientific method.)
Note: Please do not email me about the content of these pages.
I don't agree with them, which should be obvious since
I titled my page "Pseudoscience and Other Wackos." However, if you
find any pages which you feel are worthy to be on this list,
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick Jump to Topics
News on Ohio Science Standards
- On a mildly related note, a
professor of radiology at The Ohio
State University took out a full page ad in the
New York Times about his little theories
on physics. One such example is his theory that the cosmic microwave
background is actually produced by the Earth's oceans. And if that doesn't have
you grabbing the kids and running for the underground shelter, how about his claim
that parts of the sun's atmosphere are actually liquid? You get the canned
goods; I'll get the phase diagram. Naturally, he also has a web page. Prize quote: "Why must
these wackos always come from Ohio?" Oh, wait, that was me.
- The Ohio State Board of Education has held
a hearing on intelligent design, with presentations by a biologist,
a physicist (Lawrence Krauss!), and two philosphers from the Discovery
Institute. This is all beyond ridiculous. I hate Ohio.
- The Ohio State Board of Education is seriously
considering adding "intelligent design" to the curriculum, according
article from the New York Times. You may be wondering, "Well, what
is the governor's view on this?" From this
article in the Columbus Dispatch, Gov. Taft is avoiding the issue, and
waiting for the school board's recommendation.
As a former resident of Ohio, I am
embarrassed, yet somehow not surprised. The State Board of Education has
a website with contact info, and
their address is:
Ohio Department of Education Building
25 S. Front St., 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-4183
- Oh, right, the revised Ohio science curriculum
posted online -- only as a 90-some page Word document, naturally. Yeah, that's
- The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, a
conservative thinktank, graded the
science curriculum of each state, and also specifically graded their sections on
evolution, in 2000. Ohio got an F for their evolution section. Yes, even before
this whole intelligent design kerfuffle. It's worth noting that Kansas, which at
the time had removed evolution from the curriculum, got an F-.
- The Ohio Citizens
for Science have a terrific site dedicated to science education in the state
of Ohio. They have links to plenty of topical articles, as well as news about the
State Board of Education, and tips for writing letters to the Board.
News and Events
- The second-largest county school board is Georgia is
balance of evolution and the Bible (NY Times, 8/23/02. CNN
article, 8/23/02.) Yes. In science classes. Prize
quote: " About 2,000 parents had signed petitions objecting to the board's
purchase of new science textbooks in the spring because the books taught
evolution." What the hell kind of science textbooks were they using
before this? A parent in the school district has approached the
ACLU to challenge this policy, so
I'll keep my eyes open for what happens
- There is a
lecture and debate at MIT on the infamous Time Cube, given by Gene Ray, author of the
website. It's Wednesday, January 30, at 3 p.m. Unfortunately, it's only open
to MIT students; otherwise I would totally go and take notes. Alas.
Arkansas Considers Banning Evolution from Textbooks (CNN, 3/22/01 -- I'd
seen this on the news, but thanks to Vinay
for finding the link) I cannot begin to describe why this article makes
my blood boil. Arkansas is considering removing references to evolution and
radiocarbon dating from all textbooks used in schools, museums, zoos, and
libraries. Yes, let's deny our children the right to get a decent science
education anywhere within the state of Arkansas. Prize quote: "'Do you
believe you were descended from a monkey?'
Rep. Denny Altes shot back. 'If we teach kids that they
were descended from monkeys, don't you think they'll
act like monkeys?'" Well, I guess believing you were divinely created
makes you act like a holier-than-thou asshole.
- A Third of
U.S. Schools Don't Teach Evolution (a.k.a. Why Johnny and Janey don't
understand the need for a balanced ecosystem and are
at the doctor's office demanding antibiotics for their viral infections)
(CNN, 9/21/00 -- yeah, it's old, but
I don't think that 1/3 of U.S. schools have had curriculum changes in the
past six months.) This is based on an article in Nature that evaluated
state standards on evolution, grading them A through F. For instance, Pennsylvania
got an A. Ohio got an F. (A fact which I noted to my parents in an angry
email, asking why we had to move from Pa. to Ohio.) Kansas got an F- at the
time. This article is a great microcosm of the scientific illiteracy in
this country. Prize quote: "Alabama, Texas and Nebraska teach evolution as one
possibility for how the universe was created." Evolution has nothing to do
with how the universe was created -- that's in the fields of astronomy, cosmology,
and particle physics. So if they're teaching biological evolution in their
astronomy classes, now I'm really worried.
Lawmakers Might Require Teaching Creationism (CNN, 3/19/01) Michigan lawmakers
are debating requiring schools to teach "alternatives" to evolution. Gee, I wonder
just what those alternatives might be. Unfortunately, I think they will leave out
my favorite alternative, that the universe was sneezed out of the nose of the Great
- Assault on
Evolution (Salon.com, 2/28/01) This is an excellent article about
theories of intelligent design, and how proponents are claiming it to be
a scientific alternative to Darwinism. The article does a good job of
pointing out some of the basic flaws and shortcomings of intelligent
design, as well as the motivation of groups such as the Discovery Institute.
Restores Evolution Standards for Science Classes, (CNN, 02/14/01). Yay!
Astronomy and Geology
- The page with the honor of being first on the list is the
for Biblical Astronomy. Among other great scientific revelations,
this page embraces geocentrism. Don't laugh too hard; Dr. Gerardous
Bouw received his Ph.D. in astronomy from our very own Case Western Reserve University (Note
#2: This was well before any of the current department members
were here. So don't blame us.). Sigh.
- Another geocentrism page (yes, there's more than one out there)
proudly proclaims that The
Earth is Not Moving! Evidentally the heliocentric universe
was the first step down the slippery slope. To make their point,
they even have an article devoted to the ungodliness of Kepler
and his mother. Prize quote (and believe me, it was hard
to pick just one): "
The ultimate Polish joke on the world is one word:
- In case you were wondering, this poorly-designed
site answers the question of
Life Is. Evidentally, what we normally think of as dust clouds
are actually swarms
of black comets with liquid ocean interiors. The reasoning begins
with tidal forces that
heat planets such as Io, but then attempts are made to apply that to
comets. Prize quote:
"Comet Hale Bopp may have
had a companion that would cause orbital heating."
- The Christian
Geology Ministry site has the interesting distinction of being both bad
science and bad religion. Not only was there a specific creation six thousand
years ago, but it was a regeneration of everything. They also talk about
Noah's flood, etc., and try to find geologic evidence that supports the Bible.
They end up twisting the Bible in knots, which is pretty funny. Sorry, no
prize quote from this page, but it certainly is a bizarre little read.
- The Earth
Science Associates (primarily a Robert Gentry, who in his spare
time writes annoying letters to the editor of the APS newsletter) seem
to have hit upon the idea of using six data points from a lake in Ontario
to prove that the Earth was instantaneously created. This of course also
proves that "the Big Bang Theory is fatally flawed," and in fact everything we
know about astronomy and cosmology is a crock of shit. Well, he can take
his six data points and stick them where the cosmic microwave background
don't shine. Prize quote: "Indeed, I believe God's special stones - the
foundation rocks - will soon fulfill their special appointment with
destiny as they cry out (Luke
19:40) in calling men everywhere back to the worship of our
magnificent Creator God. Rev. 14:6-7."
- The infamous Ted Holden has created a page
discussing Theories of
Catastrophism. He combines fossil evidence, ancient mythology, and
bad physics to conclude that Saturn and Jupiter were recently very, very,
close to us, and that Neanderthals used bio-engineering to help them defend
Europe from modern man. Honest. Prize quote: "The more powerful electrostatic
and electromagnetic nature of the Earth in ancient times was occasioned by
and itself was the cause of a number of phenomena which divide the ancient
world and our world into fundamentally different kinds of realities, resulting
in the present FUBAR state of virtually every branch of science which attempts
to make sense out of prehistoric conditions."
- The Institute for Creation
Research, which somehow
manages to award master's degrees in geology, astronomy, and biology,
despite its teachings
of a 6000-year old Earth. Because obviously all the other scientists
in the world, publishing in their peer-reviewed journals, are
COMPLETELY wrong . . . and if you dig deep enough into the articles
on their site, they even appear to support geocentrism. Prize
quote: "We believe God has raised up ICR to spearhead Biblical
Christianity's defense against the godless dogma of evolutionary
- The Creation Research
another organization that tries to gain credibility by actually
doing research. However, they shoot themselves in the foot with
the line "First, members of the Society, which include research
scientists from various fields of
scientific accomplishment, are committed to full belief in
the Biblical record of creation and early history." So much for
scientific objectivity. Of course, their many articles and
abstracts online all neatly point to the same conclusion about
creation. Prize quote (which I might add was hard to find;
this is a kind of boring site without much fire and brimstone):
"Beyond about 10,000 years, the magnetic moment would exceed a
for any planet the nature of the earth, and by one million
years the current required to generate the magnetic moment
predicted on the basis of the decay
curve would liberate enough beat to vaporize the earth."
Nevermind that the magnetic field of the Earth actually flips. . .
- A helpful
Creation-Evolution Encyclopedia has been compiled to disprove all
sorts of evolutionary
findings, as well as various astronomical and geological facts. Prize
quote number one: "Here
are facts of true science which can help you and others. Knowing the
truth about origins can
help people live happier, better lives." Okay, that might be true, since
I am quite happy as
a student of astronomy. This site also includes 106 facts that "disprove"
the Big Bang
and the origin of the stars. Prize quote number two: "The galaxies cannot
be very old
because the galactic magnetic field would cause a too-quick wrapping-up of
the stars." Prize quote number three (yes, the page is that bad):"Only God
could make two stars encircle each other, without crashing into one
- The Creation
Science Resource (would it kill these people to come up with creative
names?) is a web site that has little original content, but many links to
articles on every topic imaginable -- young Earth, young Sun, the usual
evolution stuff, etc. Sadly, there is no prize quote, but pick your
favorite topic, and they'll have links to articles that will send your
blood pressure through the roof.
Internet Center for Creation Science has lots of links to creationist
websites, as well as a collection of essays, letters, and conversations the
webauthor has had with various people. He also includes the responses he
has gotten, so at least he is honest. Prize quote: "I confess that while
messages were being posted that were pro-old earth, progressive
creation, evolution, big bang, and so on I actually got depressed and
Biblical Creation Society Home Page is another one of those pesky young-
Earth creationist websites. The fun starts under "Scientific Issues" when
they work on their relativistic young universe. (Yeah, they have the
usual on the age of the Earth, evolution, and dinosaurs, but I get a kick
out of people playing around with cosmology to get a young universe.) Prize
quote: "The original matter God created was ordinary liquid water.
God transformed the water into various elements by compaction."
- Another Damn Creation Science Page. It has
the same old, same old (or actually, same young Earth, same young universe)
when it comes to the problems with evolution as
opposed to creation. Racism and communism are both blamed on evolution
(because as we all know, there was no racism prior to 1859) since evolution
teaches us that we are mere animals. No prize quote, since they don't
say anything too wacky that hasn't already been said.
- The True Origin Archive
is meant to be the creationist answer to the excellent
Talk.Origins Archive. However, it
gets off on the wrong foot with the prize quote, "The question of origins is
largely a matter of history -- not the domain of applied science." Many of
their articles are direct rebuttals of TalkOrigins essays -- I provided the
link to Talk.Origins as an example of a quality science website.
- Ted Holden has the very distinct
"honor" of having two wacky pages worth checking out. This one
tries to link The Theory of
Evolution with Everything in this World Which is Bad. He links evolution
to Nazis, which is always the quickest way to lose an argument. Prize quote:
"To replace evolution with religion, you would have to find a religion as
stupid [emphasis his] as evolution(ism), and that could not be done."
- The Creation
Resources Trust covers the same old creationist crap in every other website,
with a little bit of dinosaurs and material aimed at youngsters for good
measure. It stands out because it's a British site, so revenge has finally
been enacted upon the UK for the Spice Girls. Prize quote: "We also
provide speakers for meetings and seminars, and
arrange all-age 'Creation Discovery Days'®." "Creation Discovery Days" is
a trademarked term! Were they afraid that someone would steal it? I think
I'm going to squat on that url and see if they'll buy it from me.
- Want to go on a Creation Safari? I didn't think so,
but this site offers them anyways. It's a chance to not only spout
pseudoscience nonsense, but to spout pseudoscience nonsense in the field!
What do they do when they find fossils? Prize quote (italics theirs): "The
Christian world view gave birth to modern science; it did not and
would not have arisen in non-Christian cultures." Well, there's some
twelth-century Islamic scientists who would have a few things to say about
that, except that they can't, because the Christians aggressively
conquered the entire fucking world before anyone got around to developing
modern science. Astronomy? Who needs astronomy? We have the Crusades!
- If desert safaris aren't your thing, perhaps you'd
like to Discover Creation with
Alpha Omega Institute by going on their Creation Mountain Adventures.
I swear, I don't make any of this crap up. Prize quote: "Fascinating
slide-illustrated creation and evolution presentations demonstrating the
truth of Scripture!" They also link evolution to various ills of society
(of course, you also have to think that sex is evil), and the second prize
quote is :"Is there any wonder students need a self esteem class after such
teaching in biology?"
What the hell are you telling your children that their self-esteem hinges
on being superior to and separate from everything else on this planet and
in this universe?
- This site examines claims by those crazy
paleontologists about Dinosaurs:
Science or Science Fiction. Among the reasons we should doubt these
numerous claims of dinosaur fossils is that researchers tend to find
fossils after looking for them. Also, the researchers prepare fossils
before displaying them -- a clear sign of fraud! They're all chicken bones,
people! Prize quote: "Deep probing questions need to be asked of the
entire 'dinosaur industry'."
- Although this site discusses many areas of
creationism, its main focus
is on Jesus Dinosaurs
and More Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are found all throughout the Bible, and
therefore existed a mere four thousand years ago. The Earth is quite young, the
Big Bang is crap, and really, it's a wonder that I remain positive and upbeat
in the face of websites like this. Take a goddam physics class, people! Oh,
right, prize quote: "Many of the dinosaurs died in the flood. But Noah also
took two of each kind of dinosaur on the ark. So we know that many dinosaurs
lived after the flood."
- The Creation Sensation (It's sweeping the
nation! Unfortunately.) site promises a
view of all of creation, but they focus on dinosaurs. Of course, these are
recent dinosaurs that were in the Bible and chilled with Noah and his peeps.
Prize quote: "When fossils
are looked at in the
light of God's
they are a
testimony of a
that once took
place on this earth."
Face on Mars
- This site relates the Face on Mars and the Tower of
Babel to weave a story of "space travel, interplanetary wars,
planetary explosions, giants, dragons, monsters, and visits by aliens
who we worshipped as gods." He has many articles about the face on
Mars, the Cyadonia region, and what NASA is hiding from us. He has also
found a SECOND face on Mars, albeit one that doesn't resemble a face
- This site presents a
detailed analysis of the Face on Mars, including analysis of
the new images from the Mars Global Surveyor. For those unfamiliar
with the new images, they look LESS like a face than the original
Voyager-era picture did.
- This page discusses the face and surrounding
monuments of the Cyadonia region, and the message that the former
inhabitants of the region were trying to leave to us. This page also
has the same second face on Mars as the first page listed.
- This poorly-designed website claims that the
Moon Landings were faked, based mainly on
photographs of the lunar
tricks and shadows are used to "prove" that it was a NASA hoax.
In a feeble effort to
gain more credibility, the website also tries to use facts about
the moon to prove its point.
Prize quote: "If you look at the rock labeled R you will notice
the letter C carved in the rock. Perhaps a gag left by the props
- The author of this website on how the
were faked has even written
a book about it, entitled NASA Mooned America. He uses
photographic tricks to prove
his point, as well as weird claims about the landscape and Hollywood
sets. Prize quote: "Twenty five years ago, they [NASA] pulled off a
heist that makes the "Great Train Robbery" look like a schoolboy
Math and Logic
- The Time
Cube site is about time and the number four and god and nature, and might
be the most inadvertantly hysterical site I have ever seen. Honest. It
is poorly designed and poorly written, and I cannot even determine if it's a
hoax or if the guy is serious. It even reads like one giant prize quote.
Some examples: "The oscillation or
imperfection of that straight line, represents
the imperfection of all created life on Earth -
depicted in Nature's Harmonic Time Cube.
Without Time Cube, your life right is voided." "God is a word masturbation."
"-1 x -1=+1 is stupid and evil." Props to Jim Jolley for finding this page.
- The Law of
Logic page is quite possibly the worst web page I have ever, ever seen.
This person (who actually emailed this page to me himself) claims that
his logic is the answer to theoretical physics. At the very bottom of his
page he has some links -- one to another page of his that is identical
to this, only includes a photo and an email address -- and the others
to moderately respectable sites. Prize
quote: "LOGIC creates , makes . so if LOGIC creates , makes anything
then LOGIC is CREATION ITSELF = THE CREATOR, THE MAKER." Huh?
Theodynamics Institute claims to use a new brand of physics to explore
the cosmos and human consciousness. It's a mix of science, religion, and
some guy's mid-life crisis. There's even a forum for wanna-be
theodynamicists to propose new theories and discuss how they will redeem
all of science and society. Prize quote: "The work
presents a new set of terminology ('Theodynamics' jargon) that has been
conceived for the
purpose of synthesizing a number of unharmonious themes and terms in use."
Unfortunately, all the writing on the site is of that quality.
- The creator of the Yun-Qi Kingdom pretty much spammed the entire
American physics community with an email full of crap about relativity
and math and physics. Fortunately, his website goes
into even greater depth, and he proclaims himself divine. Or something like
that. Prize quote: "When the new millennium begins, a great NEW KINGDOM also
comes. It marks the END of SCIENCE."
- A Mr. Robert E. McElwaine (who actually holds a B.S. in physics
and astronomy) has posted his
Internet Articles, and I think you'll agree that this list
would be incomplete without him. He has found a way to bypass
the laws of thermodynamics, and make sure to check out his
theory of a hollow earth.
- The Revelation 13 site
is a strange, strange mix of New Age philosophy and Biblical inerrancy.
Biblical prophecy is mixed with astrology to predict events in pop culture.
Prize quote: "My method of prophecy combines Astrology and other New Age
Schools, mythology, religion, and numerical analysis."
- The Superforce
site uses solar storms to predict football scores and stock market fluctuations.
They use data from a whole four days back in April to prove the accuracy of
their methods, and check out their incorrect Super Bowl predictions. Prize
quote: "Insects and animals are also affected by Ions, a bee can sting
unprovoked on positive days."
- The Y
Files has a lot of wacky stuff
about alien contact, cosmology, Biblical prophecy, and the full moon. They
analyze the above SuperForce site and give it their approval, sealing their
fate forever in my eyes as a wacko site. Prize quote:
"24% of the U.s. Presidential Vote swayed by the Full Moon effect."
Way Out There
- The ZetaTalk site
is one that applies crackpot
astronomy to government conspiracies and paranormal sightings
of mythical beasts through overzealous use of hyperlinks.
Aliens are here, the Pleiadeans will help with an upcoming "Pole
Shift", and density is
actually a spiritual state. This ground-breaking information
comes to us courtesy of "Nancy",
a "Zeta Emissary." Also posted on their site are transcripts
of debates that they have had
with the members of the sci.astro Usenet newsgroup. Why they
would admit to this is beyond
me, but then again, this is a site so bizarre that I can't
come away with only one prize
- The site The Four
Winds claims to distribute truth to "the Four Winds of
Earth-Shan." They have lots of theories on the formation
of the solar system, the twin planet of Earth, and . . .
well, something about the rotation of the galaxy around the
Pleidades. Prize quote: ". . . the Khazarian Zionist Bolshevik
evil world would-be-controllers have their Plan 2000 to destroy
50% of our earth's population and 85% of that of the U.S. by
- The site The
Phoenix Archives is related to the above site. They
have archives of a few newsletters, plus merchandise and
links. If nothing else, check out their opinions on Comet Hale-Bopp.
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