Exposing PseudoAstronomy

December 1, 2014

Podcast Episode 121: James McCanney’s Views on Other Stuff in the Universe, Part 2

Some random claims based on
Electric Universe thinking
By James McCanney.

The long-awaited sequel to the critically-acclaimed (ha!) first part on James McCanney’s ideas about stuff. As I said last time, I’ve wanted to talk about James McCanney’s ideas ever since I heard him on Coast to Coast AM, and doing so isn’t hard — he’s been on the show dozens of times over the last two decades. I’ve heard him talk about a lot of things, but I mostly remembered him sounding like a broken record talking about how comets “discharge the solar capacitor.” This episode gets at many of his other ideas, though there are still many others and I reserve the right to do a Part 3 in the future.

Because this episode runs nearly 55 minutes, the only additional segment is two New News items (one sent in by Graham and the other by Callum (@ApproxPurified). Also, I plan on the next episode to be about conspiracies surrounding the Rosetta mission and its now host comet, so if you happen to see something relevant, please let me know before December 12, 2014.

P.S. My internet connection is being flaky — please let me know if you have issues downloading this episode or getting it to show up in iTunes or another RSS reader.



  1. I downloaded the episode successfully, but it has not shown up in the RSS feed yet.

    Comment by Graham — December 2, 2014 @ 7:00 pm | Reply

    • Interesting. The RSS Feed was where I found it, because it wasn’t posted on the main website yet. Ah, well, it was still fun to listen to. It’s amazing, how really smart people can come up with incredibly clever rationalizations for wrong-headed thinking. Mr. McCanney is very skilled at fooling himself into believing his own nonsense. I guess selling his books and such is how he makes a living now. He can’t afford to change his tune, even if he has gotten sick and tired of pretending to believe it.

      And yes, I agree he knows how to be polite when he knows he needs to be. It’s a shame some folks out there won’t allow themselves to learn that from him.

      Comment by Rick K. — December 2, 2014 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

      • I’m actually not sure how he makes a living at this point. I would guess it’s from savings and from selling stuff on his website. I can’t imagine the books themselves at this point bring in much revenue, but probably commissions from the non-GMO and other stuff do.

        Comment by Stuart Robbins — December 3, 2014 @ 12:16 am

      • You mentioned that he has a plethora of self-published books for sale. There’s even a bundle of them available on Amazon, if you’re willing to shell out $395. He probably stays afloat by constantly promoting the stuff he sells on his websites.

        Tapping into savings too early is a rough way to “retire”, especially when there’s little to no other income — speaking from personal experience here. Maybe I should start my own website, pushing some pseudoscientific nonsense too? No, can’t bring myself to do something like that. Too many principles get in the way.

        Comment by Rick K. — December 3, 2014 @ 9:15 am

  2. It should be appearing in RSS feeds by this point … It seemed to be an issue with ” versus &quote; in my feed. Are there still issues?

    Comment by Stuart Robbins — December 3, 2014 @ 12:15 am | Reply

  3. Listened to the episode and laughed when you read his ‘Thoughts of the day’. First of two nitpicks, it’s B.S, M.S, PhD (You know what, You know what, Piled Higher And Deeper) rather than ‘piles higher and deeper’, but we can blame McCanney for that one.

    It says something about his target audience that he considers that kind of immaturity appropriate for his website. His ability to compartmentalize is impressive though, I can’t see Mike Barra engaging in any kind of debate and not wind up insulting his opponent to his face.

    Secondly, NASA did land something on Venus, but it was unplanned. In 1978 the Pioneer Venus Multiprobe released four atmospheric sounders called ‘Large’, ‘Day’, Night’ & ‘North’. None of these probes were intended to survive impact with the Venusian surface, however the ‘Day’ probe did and continued transmitting for 67 minutes from the surface, it is true however that none of the probes was directly equipped to monitor Venusian winds.


    Comment by Graham — December 3, 2014 @ 9:38 am | Reply

    • I think I know where McCanney got the idea for satellites controling the weather with laser beams. That’s one of the things the Richard Pryor character helps the villain do in the third Superman movie which was released in 1983.


      Comment by Graham — February 8, 2015 @ 2:37 am | Reply

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