A Plausible Monster? Part Three: Answering Criticisms, section A

Introduction [Here’s section B] In the previous installments of this series, I have been arguing for the likelihood of an unclassified animal species living in the Congo. Skeptics are not buying it, often for understandable reasons. The notion of a large land-dwelling animal still being undiscovered sounds rather larger-than-life to many people, especially with WesternContinue reading “A Plausible Monster? Part Three: Answering Criticisms, section A”

A Plausible Monster? Part Two

Introduction My previous post in this series details the reasons why there might be at least one so-called “monster” (well, unknown animal) in one of the most impenetrable regions of the world: Mokele-mbembe, in Central Africa. If it accomplished anything, however, all it did was open the door and display the Congo Basin as a goodContinue reading “A Plausible Monster? Part Two”

Professor Prothero’s Preening, Pungent Prattle

“You must show that a man is wrong before you start explaining why he is wrong. The modern method is to assume without discussion that he is wrong and then distract his attention from this (the only real issue) by busily explaining how he came to be so silly….you can only find out the rightsContinue reading “Professor Prothero’s Preening, Pungent Prattle”

A Plausible Monster? Part One

[Now that they are published, here’s part two and part three-A, and three-B will be released soon] I could go back to staying “safe” on this blog, and not stick my neck out again. Nothing weird or controversial. But that’s boring. And in some respects, it wouldn’t be right. For today, I thought a niceContinue reading “A Plausible Monster? Part One”

Watching the Watchmen: Thoughts on Abiogenesis

I will be upfront and say I lack training in microbiology and biochemistry, and this post is intended to be a big-picture pondering on the subject, rather than a paper for peer review. So feel free to take what I write with a five pound bag of salt. Abiogenesis is the notion that biological lifeContinue reading “Watching the Watchmen: Thoughts on Abiogenesis”