I'm looking forward to Jimmy's interview with purported child time traveler ANDREW BASIAGO this Friday night.
Should be interesting!
Oooo, didn't see that. Okay Jimmy, if you want to challenge your guest, or at least ask him some pointed questions, I have a couple blog posts up about him. Well, two primarily. I did not address his time-travel stuff because it's just too crazy; in other words, you get to a point where the claim just has so little basis in reality that there's no point in even starting to address it. But, it makes for an interesting story for radio ...
That said, Basiago first came on my radar when he made a big stink in 2008 that National Geographic wouldn't publish his "discovery of life on Mars." Here's my blog post on that, which is basically Hoagland pareidolia and blowing up images to the extreme.
In fact, the title of the post is, "Pareidolia and Pixellation … Or, Why Blowing Up Photographs Beyond 100% Resolution Is Bad." If he starts to talk about his discovery of life on Mars, I suggest asking him about pareidolia and why the images he uses are so pixelated (as in, he blew them up too large, beyond their usability).
The second post was his word salad on Quantum Mechanics. It's common among new agers, less common in astronomy, but Basiago manages to do it a lot. When doing so, he proves he has no idea what he's talking about. Examples I call out in my blog post entitled, "Please, Don’t Appeal to Quantum Mechanics to Propagate Your Pseudoscience,"
“In fact, I spent four ‘phantom summers’ in New Mexico … . There was an extensive cover-up of our summers in New Mexico, uh, in this sort of quantum displacement sort of way.”
“I was involved in actual wormholing where I was moving through the quantum tunnel.”
“So the very act of sending the same child or different child to the same ‘event’ was – I guess as a result of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle – changing that event a little bit.”
“Actually, what happens is when you go back and visit yourself in the past, you’re somebody from the future visiting your alpha-timeline, then if you interfere with your past at that moment, um, basically Schrödinger’s cat takes over and a new timeline branches off that’s affected by your visit, but then you return to the future that you left.”
George Noory: “Did anything go wrong with Project Pegasus? Anything?”
Basiago: “… Certainly the notion that propagating holographs of past and future events somehow destabilizes the quantum hologram, that was suggested by the Dan Burisch testimony, provided to Project Camelot, is not true.”
In the post, I explain why each of those is meaningless and/or just throwing in actual QM terms that don't mean what he thinks they mean. At all. So, I suggest that if he starts to go into QM, or use any of those terms, you brush up on what they actually mean and then question him when he uses them. Especially things like the Schrödinger's Cat thought experiment and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Otherwise, just whenever he prefaces something with the word "quantum," just ask him, "You used 'quantum' there, what does it actually mean?"
You could do this in a very Art Bell -style just by pushing for more information and clarification, not actually being antagonistic (like some hosts) or roll over and say "that's right!" or "exactly!" like certain other radio hosts.