Merry Christmas

It is Holiday time, so it comes as no surprise that people are reflecting about fantasies like Santa Claus and reindeer, ghosts and  goblins, Buttermilk aliens and whatever other childhood myths we’ve  grown to accept.

But once the buzz of the egg nog and spiced cider is gone, do you really still believe in these things?

Of course you do. Whether we admit it or not, people need to create myths and fantasies to distract them from their banal lives. I understand the importance of imagination. I just don’t see why that same curiosity can’t be applied under the tenets of science.

I’m off – I’m supposed to be meeting with a leprechaun this afternoon about a pot of gold.

Just kidding.

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5 Responses to “Merry Christmas”


  1. 1 Gray Hassold December 26, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    You are correct Dr Vaile, it is well known that the season conjours more than yuletide cheer. My experience has been, more spirits in the glass means more spirits before the eyes. But Dr. Vaile, you cannot deny the existence of the paranormal. Surely you do not beleive that science can explain everything?

    -GH

  2. 2 Theseekerof77 December 27, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Happy Holidays, Jim. It’s good to see that despite all the harsh criticism of your work, that you can still remain chipper. I spent the holiday with family in Blacksburg, and my uncle shared this article with me called “The Mountain That Moved.” See it at http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/mountain/mountain.pdf I thought you might find it interesting. Take care, and have a great new year.

  3. 3 aLzCru1sad3r December 28, 2007 at 8:02 am

    We should really ask ourselves if this is indeed real, what is the impact on the environment? Ghosts and goblins aside are the gases emanating from the mountain in any way caused by global warming? Dr. Vaille?

  4. 4 drjimvaile December 28, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Young man, I do not know how to pronounce your screen name, but I’m glad you are thinking critically about the issues at hand! When it comes to unexplained phenomena, global warming is a difficult issue to tackle because its affects are felt, but not entirely understood.

    The same goes for the mountain.

  5. 5 ALzCru1sad3r January 3, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I knew it! you are skirting the bigger issue at hand and hiding behind all of this paranormal mumbo-jumbo! How could you turn your back on REAL science and the human race? The polar ice caps are melting and you are chasing ghosts. Shame on you sir!


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