Following Up on Scott Wolter's Degree and Megan Fox's Ancient Aliens Obsession
For those of you who missed it, America Unearthed star Scott Wolter replied to my blog post discussing his now-rescinded claim to have received an honorary master’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1987. According to Wolter, the degree was in fact unofficial and consisted of a cup of coffee with whipped topping presented to him by his undergraduate professors.
…I was invited by the UMD Geology Department to give a lecture at the college about my research. Afterword, six of my former professors asked me technical questions which I answered to their satisfaction. Afterward, they had an informal reception in the Professor’s [sic] lounge where they gave me an honorary degree with a whipped cream-topped coffee as my “certificate.” Was it officially recognized by the University? No. They gave it to me as I have always presented it to be, a sympathy degree.
Wolter removed the unofficial degree from his resume after the Minnesota state geological licensing agency recently raised questions about the credential, which had appeared on his resume since 1987. I encourage all of you to read Wolter’s explanation of how the frothy concoction ended up on his resume in the comments section of my earlier blog post.
Wolter’s honorary master’s degree joins Sean-David Morton’s purchased Ph.D. “equivalent” degree, Robert Temple’s “professorship” unrecognized by the university where he “taught,” and David Childress’s two decades claiming to be a professional archaeologist on the long list alternative writers’ doubtful credentials. (Wolter differs from the others in that he does hold a geologist’s license from the state of Minnesota and has an undergraduate degree in the field.)
On the other end of the spectrum, actress Meghan Fox claims no expertise whatsoever in ancient history, but she raised eyebrows again this past week when she reiterated her believe in ancient aliens in a controversial interview with Esquire magazine.
She would much rather be an archeologist exploring the ancient ruins of Israel and Egypt. “I feel like there's stuff literally buried there and buried where the Maya were,” she says. Ancient aliens who gave rise to ancient civilizations on earth. “I would like to uncover the secrets of the universe. In my fantasy.”
Fox went on to tell the magazine that
“I like believing. I believe in all of these Irish myths, like leprechauns. Not the pot of gold, not the Lucky Charms leprechauns. But maybe was there something in the traditional sense? I believe that this stuff came from somewhere other than people's imaginations....”
Fox explained that Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, the Bell Witch, ancient aliens, and other alternative beliefs are forms of entertainment that “distract me from my reality.”
In her interview, Fox echoed two of the most common assertions of Giorgio Tsoukalos and the Ancient Aliens crew: First, that human beings lack the imaginative power to invent ideas beyond reality (and this from someone who works in movies), and second that humanity is “disappointing” (her word) and requires aliens and the supernatural to experience transcendence.
Now, if Ancient Aliens featured Megan Fox and fellow believer Katy Perry traveling the world to giggle at pyramids, then maybe it wouldn’t have been exiled to H2. But as it were, it is extremely sad to see that for Megan Fox, facts and reality are just another belief system, and the ideas that fill her mind are only those that feel good, regardless of their truth.
This is yet another reason why Ancient Aliens, America Unearthed, and the rest of this pseudoscience is so dangerous. It reduces epistemology to emotion and teaches that how we feel about history is more important than what we know (or can know) about history.
1/23/2013 04:59:44 am
"... if Ancient Aliens featured Megan Fox and fellow believer Katy Perry traveling the world to giggle at pyramids..."
1/23/2013 05:10:21 am
Ka-ching! It would make a mint.
terry the censor
1/23/2013 07:41:23 pm
It's a little close to what we already have. Some fringe scientists (creationists, Stan Friedman) brag about how they win debates on stage with scientists and skeptics. The fringers don't point to how science has duplicated their findings, they point to applause.
1/23/2013 06:06:14 am
I am not commenting on this topic. Jim is capable of accusing me of "gender discrimination" ;) (after all we `re dealing with Megan Fox,not the sharpest pen in the box but she is so cute)
1/23/2013 06:20:48 am
I certainly wouldn't let the likes of me prevent you from commenting on any topic! Besides, I would never accuse you of anything that you haven't actually done ;)
1/23/2013 07:16:19 am
Touché Jim. I'll cut you some slack ;) Viper Tara is actually on "nice mode" tonight
1/23/2013 06:32:06 am
Considering the movies she's starred in, I'm not surprised to see that she believes humans lack imagination.
1/23/2013 07:24:36 am
Surely you aren't referring to Transformers! The Autobots are the true Ancient Aliens. You will all be believers when Optimus Prime returns.
1/23/2013 02:37:36 pm
You're not giving her enough credit. She was right when she said "there's stuff literally buried there."
5/4/2013 05:02:50 pm
One can only wonder what it is that makes Jason despise Scott Wolter and his TELEVISION program so much.
The troll Krampus
10/19/2015 12:07:47 pm
Why did you even leave a comment here, Will? Are you hoping to turn away the naive who would fall to the bullshit of this blog?
9/9/2013 11:05:27 am
Good grief I came looking for something to substantiate or discredit the information on America Unearthed. Instead I find the nutty author of fictional Alien Science garbage trying to debunk Scott Wolter. Thanks for the buggy ride....what a waste of time.
9/9/2013 11:33:57 am
Um... First, this is a blog post about Megan Fox, so you're in the wrong place. Second, you can click the "America Unearthed" link on the blog page to read my extensive and substantive discussions of each episode of America Unearthed.
1/9/2014 01:43:56 am
The title of the blog kind of says otherwise, first it was about Scott Wolter,
11/26/2013 10:46:42 pm
Hey Jason, the last line of summary here stated,"It reduces epistemology to emotion and teaches that how we feel about history is more important than what we know (or can know) about history."
The Black Hole
12/9/2013 12:28:54 pm
What the hell?! Does this guy just attack and do a review of anyone who believes something different than what his internet searches and 100,000 word blogs tell him??
The troll Krampus
10/19/2015 12:26:50 pm
I personally would rather believe in fairy tales than historically accurate facts. Fairy tales and wishful thinking really get my dick hard. I mean, actual facts just really kill a hard d you know. That is why I watch Wolter's show, for its fairy tale content. Imagine that, ME, the Christmas Devil jackin' off to 'America Unearthed'.
3/31/2014 04:21:32 am
If you self righteous- back biting critics had at least 1/4 the academic and genetic brains of Scott Wolter, along with just 1/10 of his unselfish integrity and objective ambition, you would make a far better contribution to mankind and accurate history. Figuratively and literally, I say to your kind, "Scat!"
3/31/2014 04:23:37 am
Then I trust you will be among the first in line to buy my new book, Jason and the Argonauts through the Ages, a intellectual exploration of the history and origins of the Greek myth, which does in fact provide an accurate account of a hidden aspect of history.
11/8/2014 07:15:05 am
It seems that all who think outside the box and question the mainstream eventually have their characters attacked. The truth is we really don't "know" for sure unless we look at all possibilities. From my experience watching America Unearthed, Scott Wolter answers the calls of others who present evidence to not debunk history but to add to it. You might consider actually looking beyond your own preconceived notions and what is spoon fed and actually expand your horizons.
terry the censor
11/8/2014 02:16:03 pm
> You might consider actually looking beyond your own preconceived notions, etc.
1/31/2015 03:48:11 pm
I heard Scott Hoffman uncovered a oddly shaped gold nugget in Alaska on a recent episode. He contacted Scott Wolter as I am told. Wolter said it must have been put there by the Mayans or possibly the
The troll Krampus
10/19/2015 12:30:21 pm
Yeah, that sounds about right.
9/17/2015 09:06:24 pm
Youre just a hater!
The troll Krampus
10/19/2015 12:35:29 pm
Yeah, that jackoff. He should just eat his bloody tampon and then eat his poop pretending that it's a Snikers. That will clear his mood. Scott Wolter does it all the time.
3/29/2016 07:58:52 pm
While I make no claims toward academic elitism, my time in the classroom has not proved to be anymore enlightening than reading the National Inquirer. I do consider myself to be well read and find that much of what is taught is just plain lies or served up with enough bias to be a completely distorted version of the truth.
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