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Old 1st March 2018, 09:59 AM   #1
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"History's Greatest Hoaxes" documentary series

Currently on Netflix and worth a look, this series uses the populist documentary format to discuss hoaxes, credulity, media manipulation, skepticism etc. The talking head interviewees include Joe Nickell and episode themes cover the Orson Welles War of the Worlds broadcast, the alien autopsy and Pildown Man hoaxes, the Loch Ness Monster etc.

There are some narrative issues - repetitive discussion points, episodes are probably at least 5 minutes too long - but IMO any documentary presenting skeptics as heroes of critical thinking is a step in the right direction.
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Old 1st March 2018, 10:58 AM   #2
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Interesting. I love Joe Nickell. He ruined my hopes and dreams when he exposed the Loch Ness monster as fantasy. I pouted in the corner for a few months before coming around to this skeptical style.
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Old 1st March 2018, 11:32 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by IIIClovisIII View Post
Interesting. I love Joe Nickell. He ruined my hopes and dreams when he exposed the Loch Ness monster as fantasy. I pouted in the corner for a few months before coming around to this skeptical style.
Well, see, just claim that Nessie is the ghost of a plesiosaur, and you can hold on to those hopes and dreams in spite of reality
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