Friday, March 28, 2014

The Bermuda Triangle
            The Bermuda Triangle is located in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean. Several aircrafts and surface vessels have disappeared in this area which is unexplainable. In 1945, five torpedo bombers took off from Fort Lauderdale Naval Base. Neither the planes nor the bodies could be found and that is one reason why the legend lives on. The theories to explain the disappearances are based on assumptions. A popular theory is that the missing individuals were abducted by extraterrestrials. Another widely known theory is that the Bermuda Triangle is being affected by supernatural forces and that is why nothing has been recovered. There is no evidence to support that there is extraterrestrial life or supernatural forces, but people enjoy believing in such topics. In actuality, the disappearance may instead be explained by human error, weather conditions, exaggerated stories, miscalculations and so on. The region of the Bermuda Triangle is known for experiencing severe hurricanes, for example, and that is a logical solution.
            I chose the Bermuda Triangle because it shows how when something is hard to explain people tend to rely on pseudoscience beliefs to find a solution to the unexplainable occurrences. This relates directly to the course because it demonstrates how pseudoscience relies heavily on assumptions instead of fact. The beliefs make the stories more interesting but do not actually prove anything.


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