|Brad Lutts, Mark Edward, Susan Gerbic,|
and Ben Radford at the Mensa Annual Gathering
|Susan Gerbic tells the Reno Skeptics about|
her excellent "Guerrilla Skepticism" on Wikipedia
"The Amazing Meeting" - TAM - was, of course, "amazing" as always. I won't try to summarize who spoke at the conference, and what the subjects of discussion were, because plenty of information is available on-line about that. A good starting point is here.
|I cleared a seat for Randi in the front row as McGaha packs up|
|John Alexander (left) and James McGaha|
The only other UFO-related event at TAM was the paper by Ivan Alverado on the analysis of the Billy Meier UFO metal sample. Billy Meier is a man in Switzerland who gets photos of impossible things, like dinosaurs and "spaceships from the Pleiades." His photos are colorful and entertaining, but utterly bogus (see http://www.iigwest.com/investigations/meier/ ). Meier is also a "prophet" who has produced something called the Talmud Jmmanuel that supposedly proves the extraterrestrial origin of the Bible.
|Billy Meier and the extraterrestrial hottie, Semjase|
Vogel's analysis, using highly-sophisticated X-ray spectrum devices, supposedly showed that the makeup of the metal sample could not have been created by any known earthly technology. He suggests it may have been created using Cold Fusion. Alvarado's analysis is highly technical - you can read it here - but in a nutshell, Vogel did not properly interpret the X-ray spectrum data, and the sample is made of ordinary substances like aluminum.
TAM 2012 was great fun, and I'm definitely planning to head back there next year!