Entries by Marc Defant


Conjuring Up a Lost Civilization: updating the debate with Graham Hancock

My article entitled Conjuring Up a Lost Civilization: An Analysis of the Claims Made by Graham Hancock in Magicians of the Gods[1] was published in Skeptic magazine on Sept. 14, 2017   It has been an interesting road to the final publication.  Michael Shermer (editor of Skeptic magazine) asked me to join him on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast #961 and Youtube video cast (JRE) in a debate […]

Genomics – a brave new world

Embryonic stem cells (ES cells) are remarkable.  They come from animal (including human) embryos and can morph into any cell in the body such as brain, bone marrow, intestine, muscle, or blood cells.   Biologists call them pluripotent and can isolate them from an embryo and grow them in laboratory petri dishes.  In the halcyon days […]

Taking the “pseudoscience” out of fingerprint identification

After the Madrid terrorist bombing on March 11, 2004, a latent fingerprint was found on a bag containing detonating devices.  The Spanish National Police agreed to share the print with various police agencies.  The FBI subsequently turned up 20 possible matches from their database.  One of the matches led them to their chief suspect, Brandon Mayfield, because of his ties with the […]

The asbestos coverup

When the World Trade Center was being built in 1973, Dr. Irving Selikoff, an expert on asbestosis and cancers caused by asbestos, was an outspoken critic of the wholesale spraying of the floors of the two structures with insulator containing copious quantities of asbestos for fire-proofing.  He knew the potential dangerous hazards of asbestos as […]