I’m a new member, and I come from Montréal, Québec, Canada as well.
I must confess I rather work in the field of management, not in any natural science field.
I consider myself mildly skeptical and mostly open-minded, i.e. I’m not an activist atheist.
Not atheist, I’m rather agnostic.
Here’s the list of pseudo-sciences I consider as rubbish, even dangerous in some cases:
- Telepathy, Telekinesis, Thought projection, or anykind of the external use of the mind;
I think it has been proven many times that the human mind is a closed-circuit, and the rest is prestididigtation;
- Apocalypses, raptures, heaven and hell, or anykind of religious fanaticism;
I dont believe that religious beliefs are wrong per se. I believe they become wrong when use the manipulate the public in doing unethical schemes and step on civil liberties.
Creationism is the most backwards, obscurantist movement in the Western World today.
- 2012, astrology, cartomancy, and general fortune-telling;
Astrology is a form of entertainment. There is now way cards or anyhing else for that matter, can tell the future.
- Legendary beings and crypto-zoology;
Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, angels, fairies, sea monsters and the kind.
I think people who sell their “services” in order to communicate with one’s dead relatives are predators and should be prosecuted.
But there is one pseudo-scientific topic I have yet to shape an opinion about, and it is about UFOs. Dont give me the laugh. I have extensively studied the phenomenon when I was at university, as a social phenomenon, not in terms of engineering or avionics. I have read tens of pros and cons books and research papers, and I’m still not sure about what it is. I’m particularly concerned about this tiny minority of repports providing military testimonies backed by radar signatures. While about 90% of “believer litterature” is outlandish and borderline crackpot and paranoid, “skeptic” litterature is also overwhelmingly disappointing, being too selective and often intellectually dishonnest, addressing only the obviously hoaxed events and weirdest UFO proponents. All in all, I do t think UFOs are extraterrestrial. I’m only curious about these strange sightings, and would appreciate to know a bit more what they could be. If anyone could give a hand…
So you’ll mostly find me in this section of the site.
Thanks for the reading