An outstanding example of Authority, Conspiracy Theory, and Confirmation Bias

Former USGS geologist Jim Berkland links tides, whale beaching, magnetic fields, lunar cycles, earthquakes, and stuff to predict that there will be a major earthquake on the North American west coast between March 19th and March 26th.

The following video is rather mixed up but it will amuse you:

Obviously Jim Berkland is a kook. Probably.

Unless, of course, his prediction comes true. Then, I’ll look at his tide – magnetic field – homing pigeon connection more closely.

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6 thoughts on “An outstanding example of Authority, Conspiracy Theory, and Confirmation Bias

  1. Jim Berkland is quite a character. His greatest geological discovery, actually published in Science many years ago, was glacial striations on Grandfather Mountain NC, way south of any previously known glaciation in Eastern North America.
    Unfortunately, it was soon found that the striations didn’t line up with the direction ice would flow but instead were radial to the site of masts to which logs were dragged by steel chains during lumbering operations.

  2. San Francisco has major quakes in March and October. March? NCAA Basketball Championships … October? Baseball playoffs and World Series… Basketballs are round, baseballs are round, the earth is round… must be a connection!

  3. @ Vic
    If you’ll notice, the Ring of Fire displayed in the video CLEARLY follows the seam of a baseball. Your basketball theory is retarded. The baseball one however….Nobel Prize material.

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