Exposing PseudoAstronomy

January 5, 2011

The Year Ahead for This Blog

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Stuart Robbins @ 3:48 pm

The purpose of this post is more logistical than anything. Last year, I had about 50 posts, which somehow averages to just under 1 per week, despite going for great stretches of time without writing. This year, at least for the next three full months, you can expect very little in terms of new posts. I am in the final stretch for my doctoral dissertation, with a deadline for the graduate school for a spring graduation of April 8 for my defense.

So with my defense scheduled at 11:30 PM on April 8 (just kidding), I have a fairly aggressive workload ahead of me. And if I’m going to be writing, it should be my dissertation (or papers that will comprise my dissertation). If for some odd reason you’re interested in what I do, feel free to visit my personal site.

I will still make the occasional post if I hear something particularly outlandish on Coast to Coast or read it in AiG, ICR, or CMI. Or if someone contacts me with specific requests that I want to honor (such as last autumn with the Power|Force bracelets). As I posted a few months ago, I recommend just leaving my RSS feed in your reader and that’ll pick up the odd posts here and there.

After April, I do hope to get back to a more regular schedule of posting, or at least a higher frequency of posts. To those who think I’ve forgotten, I haven’t: I still plan to do a post on why black holes exist, the difference between magnetic excursions and pole flips, looking into the claims that God is a voltage and energy and so the Devil is matter, and dissecting Jason Lisle’s “Taking Back Astronomy” book — all posts that I’ve promised now, some for over a year. I also have some other topics I plan to get into that I think will be interesting, such as do the Giza pyramids (three main ones) really align with the Orion belt stars, and whether or not there’s such a thing as lunar-induced lunacy.

And, based on the poll I posted on November 20, I will likely be writing a book of some sort related to 2012 astronomy claims. 90% of votes suggested I should do it, though the majority of responses seemed to indicate making it freely accessible if written would be best. I haven’t completely decided yet what’ll happen there – perhaps making a freely downloadable draft available with a for-pay formatted copy – but that decision assumes that it’s been written.

Anyway, that’s it for now.

6 Comments »

  1. Do you still believe that the poles are not shifting?

    Comment by john Kritikos — January 7, 2011 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

    • No, I do not believe that the poles are not shifting. I know through observation that our geographic poles are not moving by more than milliarcseconds.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — January 8, 2011 @ 2:44 am | Reply

    • John, where did you get that idea? Could you post what Stuart said that led you to ascribe that position to him?

      Comment by karl — January 14, 2011 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  2. I’d love to think that 2011 will be better for science than 2010, but with the new crop of elected wingnuts, I just don’t think so.

    Taking my turn as prognosticator, here are a few predictions for 2011 (let’s see how I do over the year):

    Creation will be installed in school cirricula in Texas, Tenneesee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas, and Mississippi, and Evolution will be either removed, or taught as an inferior to creation.

    Congress will pass a prohibition concerning stem-cell research, mandating the destruction of all existing lines, whether federally funded or privately, and will declare stem-cell research illegal

    NASA will see a reduction in budget, and all manned programs will be cancelled. “Moon landing hoax” proponents will force congressional hearings, which will convince nobody.

    Global warming will be declared by Congress to be bogus, and any scientist who publishes research supporting AGW will be pilloried on Fox News as a charlatan (meanwhile floods will be worse than usual, tornado season will start earlier, and be more severe, a greater portion of the Arctic and Antarctic ice will recede, and Summer heat waves will kill thousands both in the US and Europe).

    Pseudoscience programs will continue to proliferate on History, Discovery, and even the Science channels, at the expense of reality-based Science programming.

    There’s 5 predictions, I wonder how I’ll do compared to the professional “Psychics”?

    Comment by Bad Wolf — January 11, 2011 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

  3. I always predict every year my home town will be attacked by a giant lobster unless some effort is made to live in harmony. Every year my home town is NOT attacked by a giant lobster because someone, someplace did something toward the goal of living in harmony. My powers are uncanny. I agree.

    Comment by karl — January 14, 2011 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

    • Impressive, Karl.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — January 14, 2011 @ 12:22 pm | Reply


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