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Guide to Patagonia's Monsters & Mysterious beings

I have written a book on this intriguing subject which has just been published.
In this blog I will post excerpts and other interesting texts on this fascinating subject.

Austin Whittall


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cryptozoology, Bogus Science and Knights Templar

 
Yesterday's posts about dragons, plesiosaurs and Knights of the Temple were "tongue in cheek", however the notion that there may have been Patagonian rivers that simply vanished in "recent" times is interesting.

The Patagonian hideout of the Knights Templar surprised me. It showed how some poorly researched "pseudo-historic" events can be taken as factual by many (I googled the phrase 'Patagonia Knights Templar' and found 5959 pages! and the Spanish language equivalent: 'Patagonia Templarios' brought forth 78.000 pages).

Disbelief and science.

That reminded me of an article that I read in the March 23, 2010 issue of Time magazine (page 47), that stated that "only 57% of Americans think there's evidence of [global] warming (down from 71% last year), and just 36% think it's because of human activity (down from 47%)".

So it seems people are gullible and swallow the paranormal (i.e. UFOs, abductions, ESP, astrology, Kabbalah, and Knights Templar in Patagonia) but don't believe in real hard science such as climate change!

Note that I don't include "serious" cryptozoology as bogus science. I googled 'cryptozoology' and came up with 3.47 million pages.

Creationism vs. Evolution

Theory of Evolution

A nice thought; Creationism should be kept inside the churches.


However my view is not shared by all: "Nearly all scientists (97%) say humans and other living things have evolved over time," while only 61% of the public agrees...".[1]

Furthermore, on the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, a Gallup Poll revealed that only 39% of Americans 'believe in the theory of evolution', and 25% don't believe in the theory. The remaining 36% are undecided.[2]

Fortunately the younger and the better educated have a stronger belief than those who are older or did not have the benefit of going to University (see the poll clicking below reference [2] for all the juicy details).

Googling gave me 1.68 million pages on "Creationism". So it seems that cryptozoology is roughly twice as popular on the web than creationism.

Maybe on his 300th birthday science may prevail over superstition. And creationism be a topic for historians.

Bibliography.

[1] Views on evolution among the public and scientists. National Center For Science Education. July 9th, 2009


NCSE


[2] Newport, F., On Darwin’s Birthday, Only 4 in 10 Believe in Evolution. February 11, 2009.


Patagonian Monsters - Cryptozoology, Myths & legends in Patagonia
2010 International Year of Biodiversity Copyright 2009-2010 by Austin Whittall © 

2 comments:

  1. Austin, I wish I could be this hopeful. But having 'debated' creationists (I use the word advisedly, because responding to them using logic and reason just doesn't work) on various Internet forums for the last couple of years, I'm now convinced that blind faith coupled with irredeemable human idiocy will soldier on regardless. Still, if you feel like a chuckle on this subject, then I invite you to scroll down the sidebar of my 'Chasing The Raptor' dino blog!

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  2. The problem with the terms "global warming" and "climate change" is that they have moved out of the realm of social responsibility and into politics. By forcing the issue into a political one you guarantee one party will take up the cause while the other party must denounce it only to oppose political enemies. By politicizing the issue you set up a situation where only roughly 50% of the population will support it. I think more headway would be made with a social discussion about preserving our waterways, forests, open areas, etc. for future generations, while also showing the general population what accumulated litter and pollution can do. Keep politics out of it, and create something no one can argue with and everyone can get behind.

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