Friday, June 22, 2007

And now for something completely different

Lunacy of a more amusing kind is found, as so often, in Glastonbury. A man - Ross Hemsworth - a self styled "scientific investigator of anomalous phenomena" is apparently attempting to prove the existence of an afterlife. Erm, quite. How, exactly? Surely there would be difficulties in finding willing volunteers, for example. And using unwilling ones would almost certainly be ethically questionable. Furthermore, what, exactly, would constitute proof? And would you have a control group of people still alive? Making it double blind, so that neither the testers nor the control group know who is alive? That, again, would be tricky to pull off.
Sadly, all Mr Hemsworth would come out with was that scientists and doctors are working around the clock, and that he was keeping the details under wraps. Hmmm....yes....
Or don't, if you've got better things to do with your life.
Meanwhile, since I am in direct communion with the modern god of knowledge, Google (Praise Be His Name), I made the correct sacrifices and ceremonially typed Ross Hemsworth into the sacred search engine. Apparently he presents a radio show (well, a net-broadcast show) entitled "Well, that's weird". Last year, just before the world cup, they tried to "heal" Wayne Rooney's broken foot by concentrating on it. Some days later (after, coincidentally, approximately the amount of time it would take such a break to heal), Wayne Rooney played. If that doesn't prove Ross's greatness, I don't know what does.


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