Monday, June 14, 2004


"Lynne Kelly is a science writer and teacher who delights her students with scientific explanations of the seemingly inexplicable. She has been teaching science, mathematics and computing for over 30 years and was a founding member of The Australian Skeptics. She is available to talk about Bigfoot, ouija boards, UFOs or any other seemingly paranormal phenomena."


All good and well, but how about some critical thinking, where is all that so called scientific research skeptics like Kelly keep pushing around the halls of the Williams, Klass or Randi... not one bit, just nothing? The book is an out of date cut and paste collection of old stories. Kelly in her wisdom or old age, has fallen for the numnut quick fix, using a collected set of clips from her files (I would say), edited them together and then selling the rubbish onto "Allen & Unwin" to be sold as her work. If you don't believe me have a look at the data, very little is current, very little is Australian and to explain away subjects Kelly's text is old time info, not a new word or idea just the same old published arguments.

Firstly the book has no index? Why not "Allen & Unwin".

The UFO & Abduction section is a hoot. Take the Western Australia Knowles Encounter case, Kelly has no reference or data from the very detailed 400 page VUFORS & Auchettl Report. These sections are a re hash from the pages of the Australian Skeptic Magazine - what a disappointment.