The Ouzo Prophecy

I presume that professors in most fields get e-mails and/or packages with manuscripts from people who are sure they have incredible insights into this, that, or the other.

Today I received an e-mail sharing a link to “The Ouzo Prophecy” and I thought I would share it, because it is just so amusing.

The funniest part isn’t the beginning, which says “I am Bob the Baptist, precursor of the second coming of Christ, whose name is Tor.”

No, something funnier still comes further down the first page, where one reads “Serious Biblical scholars, including top Hollywood movie producers…” Now that is laugh out loud funny!

If you interact often with fringe groups like creationists or mythicists, it is useful to get these sorts of e-mails. They are a great reminder that the more popular forms of pseudoscience and pseudoscholarship are not developed and promoted by people who are lacking in either intelligence or sanity. They may be ideologically motivated, or simply have a blind spot they don’t notice, or do what they do for some other reason. But however unpersuasive their claims or selective their use of scholarly methods might be, it takes a certain kind of logic and intelligence to develop the explanatory structure that allows one to hold and defend such views against the crashing waves mainstream thinking and cognitive dissonance. And so those viewpoint should not be treated as though they are stupid or crazy. They are simply unscholarly, unscientific, and/or wrong.

When you see the genuinely cooky, you appreciate the difference.

  • http://www.simon-cozens.org/ Simon Cozens

    It’s either mad kooky crap or brilliant viral marketing… Hmm, that’s a remarkably well-designed web site if it is kookery; kookery sites tend to look more like, well, TimeCube is an excellent example of the genre: http://www.timecube.com/

    (A few Google searches later.) “I am test-marketing a new game called Ouzo for the Pabst Brewing Company in bars and taverns in Memphis, TN, USA… Sincerely,

    Bob Evenson

    Ouzo Game Company

    P.O. Box 1256

    Southaven, MS 38671

    USA” Aha.

  • http://www.simon-cozens.org/ Simon Cozens

    It’s either mad kooky crap or brilliant viral marketing… Hmm, that’s a remarkably well-designed web site if it is kookery; kookery sites tend to look more like, well, TimeCube is an excellent example of the genre: http://www.timecube.com/

    (A few Google searches later.) “I am test-marketing a new game called Ouzo for the Pabst Brewing Company in bars and taverns in Memphis, TN, USA… Sincerely,

    Bob Evenson

    Ouzo Game Company

    P.O. Box 1256

    Southaven, MS 38671

    USA” Aha.

  • http://www.messianicmistakes.com/ Kenneth Greifer

    Dr. McGrath,

    If you really want to see complicated strange Biblical pseudo-scholarship, you should look at my site http://www.messianicmistakes.com/

    Kenneth Greifer

  • http://www.messianicmistakes.com/ Kenneth Greifer

    Dr. McGrath,

    If you really want to see complicated strange Biblical pseudo-scholarship, you should look at my site http://www.messianicmistakes.com/

    Kenneth Greifer

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    Wow, I’m being introduced to a whole other world. I wonder if Bob will also market his game using zines…

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    Wow, I’m being introduced to a whole other world. I wonder if Bob will also market his game using zines…

  • Gary

    Anyone having too much anise flavored liquor can identify with wacko prophecy. I must admit, I had to stop a minute when I read about 666 and the carbon atom. There has to be some deep meaning in that!

  • Gary

    Anyone having too much anise flavored liquor can identify with wacko prophecy. I must admit, I had to stop a minute when I read about 666 and the carbon atom. There has to be some deep meaning in that!

  • JS Allen

    I love that stuff.  Did you see the rationale document provided by the design agency who designed the new Pepsi logo?  It’s a masterpiece of schizophrenic lunacy.  Having discussed religion at length with several bona-fide schizophrenics, I’m convinced the Pepsi thing is a hoax, but nobody has fessed up to it yet.

  • JS Allen

    I love that stuff.  Did you see the rationale document provided by the design agency who designed the new Pepsi logo?  It’s a masterpiece of schizophrenic lunacy.  Having discussed religion at length with several bona-fide schizophrenics, I’m convinced the Pepsi thing is a hoax, but nobody has fessed up to it yet.

  • http://church-of-ouzo.com Bob Evenson

    Does anybody have a comment on the letter from the Spiritual Counterfeits Project at http://church-of-ouzo.com?


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