Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in by Kenneth Feder

By Kenneth Feder

Dedicated to the clinical research of human antiquity, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: technological know-how and Pseudoscience in Archaeology makes use of attention-grabbing archaeological hoaxes, myths, and mysteries to teach how we will be able to use technological know-how to profit issues in regards to the prior. by means of putting wildly misguided claims in the context of the clinical approach, this essential supplementary textual content demonstrates how technological know-how techniques questions about human antiquity and, in doing so, indicates the place pseudoscience falls brief.

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As I entered the room, I noticed the threedimensional, geometric shapes made of heavy stock paper suspended by string from the seminar room ceiling. ” She smiled and launched into a passionate discourse about the exercise just conducted by the class—an experiment in “psychokinesis,” the ostensible ability to move or otherwise affect objects simply by the power of thought. ” Without waiting for a response, she gazed up at the shape directly above her head and closed her eyes; when she opened them we both looked up to see the suspended object swaying back and forth.

This commonsense interpretation that the objects had been made by a past people was problematic for many thinkers in past centuries. Based on a common interpretation of the Bible, there could have been no “Stone Age”, no period in antiquity when people made tools of stone, so the objects in question, in this view, could not have been made by ancient human beings. Thinkers who denied that the stone axes had been made by ancient people had to come up with alternate explanations. Some were rather fanciful.

4). 3 The “Lamia,” depicted here in a seventeenth-century woodcut, was supposed to be a real creature, a hideous combination of mammal and fish and, apparently, male and female. People actually claimed to have seen the Lamia. They didn’t: it’s imaginary. 4 Red pandas are distinctive looking animals and not readily mistaken for any other kind of creature. Nevertheless, the case of the missing red panda in Holland, and the many false sightings of it long after it had been killed, is a cautionary tale indicating we should be skeptical about accepting eyewitness accounts too literally.

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