Ben Carson and the Pyramids

James Tabor has a short, interesting piece over on the Huffington Post about where Dr. Ben Carson’s idea that the pyramids were the storehouses Joseph built to hold grain. It’s worth a read, though I have some correctives to offer to both Drs. Tabor and Carson. First, there is this […]

Graham Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods: A Review

I encourage all of you to read Jason Colavito’s lengthy review of Hancock’s latest tome devoted to alternative history. But if you want the short version, Colavito offers this summary thought: Speaking as someone who found Fingerprints of the Gods to be entertaining and engaging, even when it was wrong, […]

Skeleton with Elongated Skull Discovered in Russia Excites Pseudo-Archaeologists

Have archaeologists unearthed the skeleton of an alien? Uh … no.  This piece by Doubtful News will tell you all you need to know. Best line: Thanks Yahoo for, once again, making a sensational piece of garbage out of an interesting archaeological find. Why is [sic] aliens even mentioned? Oh, […]

Friends Don’t Let Friends Read Mike Bara: An Explanatory Illustration

One of my favorite blogs is The Emoluments of Mars. It’s the brainchild of “Expat,” who has committed himself to the mind-numbing task of critiquing the conspiratorial pseudo-science behind ideas like the “face” on Mars, glass domes on the moon, and esoteric meanings to NASA space missions (think Richard Hoagland […]

Review of Prof. Maurice Casey’s Scholarly Critique of the Work of Jesus Mythicists

I blogged a short time ago to alert readers about this book. Maurice Casey was a New Testament scholar and Aramaic specialist. He was also nowhere close to being a “Bible believer” – the sort of people that Jesus mythicists love to mock. It’s Casey doing the mocking here. All […]

The Mysterious Book of Jasher

That’s the title of this scholarly article by rabbi Arthur Chiel I recently found in an old issue of the journal Judaism: Chiel The Mysterious Book of Jasher The article is a very good survey of the history of what some folks(even today) tout as a lost biblical book. It […]

Did Ancient Egyptians Identify Themselves as a Black Race?

I know I blogged about this recently, but I came across the item below today and thought I’d post it now instead of later. As to the question in the post title ….   Short answer: No. Anyone who has look at Egyptian art knows that Egyptians portrayed foreigners as […]

Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation

I had a brief question tonight in email about Afrocentric Bible interpretation. I thought others might be interested in Yamauchi’s short overview of the subject. Afrocentrism and Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation The file / excerpt comes from Yamauchi’s book, Africa and the Bible.

Distinguished Editor of Lancet Medical Journal: Much of Peer-Reviewed Content is Bogus

This pronouncement will no doubt cause a firestorm.Here’s the pull quote: “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for […]

Interview on Conspirinormal

Last weekend I was interviewed for the Conspirinormal Podcast. It was a fun show (a bit longer than an hour). We talked about the divine council, ancient astronauts, Zechariah Sitchin, and my new status as a government disinformation agent. Enjoy!