Wednesday, September 05, 2007

When Troofers Fight Back

The pseudo-television news program INN World Report attacks the History Channel in this bizarre two part show, found here and here. Steven Jones, Alex Jones, Dylan Avery and Clunkity-clunk Sofia all make guest appearances. They even play Alex Jones' "they persecuted Galileo because he thought the world was round" clip, somehow thinking this actually helps their cause.

For bizarre entertainment value you can't beat the part where Sofia, about 2/3rds the way through the first video, whose entire experience in structural engineering is limited to making sounds with her mouth mimicking building collapses, attacks the scientific credentials of Matthys Levy, a structural engineering professor and the author of the book Why Buildings Fall Down:

Sofia: Well I think they are just trying to create belief and perception, which is what they have themselves. That guy, whoever he was, has a belief that he was proffering as fact. When if he really studies fact, which would come from the reservoir of laws of science and physics he would see, with just an application of a tiny bit of logic that what he is telling us happened, didn't happen.

Uhh, Sofia, "that guy", you might want to find out who he is, is an actual scientist who specializes in building collapses. You, on the other hand, are an amateur filmmaker whose idea of science is making silly noises with your mouth.

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