King Kong at Loch Ness, The Outer Limits onboard Flying Saucers: Popular Science Fiction and the Genesis of Paranormal Claims

A session at Skeptical Thinking at Balticon 49

Monday 25th May, 2015

11:00am to 11:50am (EST)

People don't always appreciate the impact that popular science fiction (particular TV shows and movies) has on public consciousness. A great example of this is the folklore of claims of the paranormal. Investigation of classic stories of paranormal encounters reveal how the early versions of these stories begin as recitations of then-recent mass media SF productions, unlike the later refined and retold versions.

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Thomas R. Holtz Jr. PhD

Tyrannocentric Dinosaur Paleobiologist; Univ. Maryland Sr. Lecturer in Vertebrate Paleontology; Director of Science & Global Change Program; Random House author bio from Twitter

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Time 11:00am11:50am EST

Date Mon 25th May 2015

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