posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 05:18 PM
Originally posted by undo
reply to post by XtraTL
my evidence for my ebooks is mostly ancient texts and artifacts, with some science tossed in to support it. when the mainstream does that, it's
called backed by science. when anyone outside the mainstream does that, it's called pseudo-science even if the science is rock solid, and further
propped up by archaeology and ancient history.
edit on 8-2-2012 by undo because: (no reason given)
It's usually called pseudo-science because of great leaps of logic which are not supported by evidence. Simply using actual facts as a "basis" for
claims does not make the claims scientific.
For a claim to be scientific it must be a parsimonious explanation and be based on a hypothesis which can be tested and which survives scrutiny. It is
often the case that when members of the public try to do this they do not understand the rules of evidence. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary
Anyone claiming that ancient astronauts and not ancient humans were responsible for what we see archaelogists digging up had better have some pretty
We'd expect to find remains of alien technology, written accounts of what these aliens looked like, what they did and other kinds of objective
Take one of the claims from the video series as an example. When discussing the Carnac Stones they talk about energy travelling along the line of
stones. Instead of presenting evidence for this, such as measurements with a volt meter, an explanation or mechanism, evidence that the ancients
intended that effect, etc., they simply say that many tourists "feel" something. This is pseudoscience because it is not based on any objective,
quantitative information, but on subjective, qualitative information. Moreover, no mechanism obeying the known laws of physics is presented. Instead
the best they can do is mumble about the rocks being magnetized by the earth (this is probably true) and that therefore putting the rocks in a line
creates some kind of electrical effect. This is hopelessly wrong as any first year physics student, or indeed any geophysicist will tell you. It
isn't even possibly right. It is known to be wrong, as it contradicts known facts.
Furthermore, the notion that this infinitesimal magnetic effect could be responsible for the massive electrical effect postulated is a problem of
scale. This is typical of pseudoscience. Some effect which measures in the microscale is supposed to cause some effect in the macroscale. Numbers and
orders of magnitude mean nothing to the general public, so these charlatans feel they can drive a truck through the gaps in the general knowledge of
the unwitting public. To a scientist however, these claims are as nonsensical as saying that you erased some pencil drawings in your notebook and the
resulting shock waves caused the neighbours brick house to collapse. Ridiculous claims like this do not deserve a response because they are too
ridiculous to even countenance.