With apologies to the late James W. Best for appropriating his image (from his 1935 Forest Life in India)

Saturday, 20 April 2013

No Helping Some People

Some people swallow just about any conspiracy theory, monster myth or ridiculous bit of pseudoscience they come across. Back in the 90s I worked with an otherwise very nice chap who had caught the Erich von Däniken bug and believed every word he wrote. I failed to convince him von Däniken was an insult to serious academics, so I pressed this nice little debunking volume on him (first published in 1976) and urged him to read it:


A week or so later he handed it back unopened. (Another nice little debunker, incidentally, is this one, first published in 1984:


And no, I don't suppose it's on sale at the Loch Ness visitor centre.)