Occasionally, something takes my fancy (or I get a bee in my
bonnet, as my apple-cheeked old grandmother used to say) and I spend
more time than I should looking at a particular kind of loonity.
The result is sometimes a Quintessence Special. Here they are.
The Danger of Knowing for Sure
This is an essay on skepticism written following the attack
on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and civilisation on
September 11, 2001.
Play, Pay and
Pray - a look at the
outer limits of religion.
Usually I leave religion alone. What people believe is their
business. But sometimes I just have to take notice.
Someone challenged some people to provide some evidence of
astral travel. I had a look myself, and even did some travelling.
Mind, Body, Spirit
The staff here needed a day off, so we all went to join the
woowoos at the Sydney Mind, Body, Spirit Festival. An excellent
time was had by all. The food was at the tofu end of the vegetarian
spectrum. I am a carnivore. Enough said.
at Galileo, Too!
Where would we be and what would we know without scientists?
Here are some examples of people who think outside the square,
resist the current paradigm, refuse to be constrained by orthodoxy,
and generally behave like mad scientists.
Each June, in honour of one of the greatest loons of all
time, Earl Gordon Curley, this site is devoted to conspiracists
and conspiracy theories. There is no shortage.
The Earl Gordon
Curley Memorial Echelon Page
To make it easier to remember Earl he is memorialised by
the definitive list of the words that governments look for while
spying on the citizenry.
The Crackers Quackers
There are people around who claim to have an alternative
medicine. One wonders why there is no alternative aeronautical
engineering or alternative surveying, but I digress ... In a
long tradition going right back to 1999, October at Quintessence
of the Loon pays attention to those "who think the moon howls
back at them".