posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 10:06 AM
Sorry, guys. Tom Beardon and Jim McCanney are two of the biggest pseudo-scientific hoaxters on the scene. It is precisely because science and
technology are now de-emphasized in the public school systems that so many well-meaning but science-deprived folks fall for some of the hogwash you
see around here.
The thing that separates Beardon and McCanney from guys like Rense and, say, Zecheriah Sitchin, is that the former two actually have some
scientific / technical credentials.
McCanney styles himself as "Professor" McCanney, although what he doesn’t say is that his closest approach toward a professorship was that he was
a graduate lecturer in math (with a master's degree) at some college twenty years back. He left academia quite some time ago (I don't know what the
circumstances were) and is now a massage therapist.
Tom Beardon is a retired light colonel in the Army, and a graduate of Command & General Staff College; they do not send complete bozos to an outfit
like that. He also has an undergraduate degree in math from a small school and an MS in nuclear engineering from Georgia institute of technology. He
doesn't have a PhD because he hasn't had a thesis accepted, although he's submitted one. But still he's not the run-of-the-mill conspiracy weenie
who gets his theories from the public library and conspiracy sites.
Ironically, most people into the conspiracy business disregard mainstream science as being all part of the Huge Secret Plot when they don't agree
with it; yet, when they find someone who does advance crackpot theories, they tend to jump up and down and anoint these people as their
exemplars ("Well, I know it's true, because Bearden says it is and he's a scientist!")
Yet just about every mainstream journal or investigative group blows both
McCanney and Bearden off as nut-bars, whose theories simply don't make sense, whose experiments can't be replicated, and whose backup math is just
Now I admit that the scientific and educational establishment is a bit close-minded, and tend to look askance at anyone who doesn't have a union card
(PhD) and who hasn't done a good apprenticeship (taught at a university and/or gotten a bunch of grants). Sometimes they annoy me.
But the establishment has to do that, just like they have to review any article submitted to their journals, to make sure that frauds and charlatans
don't get a bunch of scientists buying into a hypothesis that is sooner or later proven wrong. Of course, the Beardenites and the McCanneyites see
this as just one more "conspiracy to keep the truth hidden" -- as if real scientists could ever agree to such a thing!
Anyway, sorry for rambling on, but I wanted you to understand the background for my post. Pseudo-scientific hoaxers and frauds are a tremendous
annoyance to me, which is why I spend a lot more time than I’d like debunking some of the more insidious frauds, like the Hollow Earth or