By Stuart J. Robbins
Since this is my first SWIFT post, I wanted to give a brief introduction. I'm a self-termed "astro/geophysicist" with a Ph.D. in geophysics but a background more in astrophysics. Given my background, I tend to focus on pseudoscience and skepticism as applied to astronomy, geology, and physics. One regular activity of mine is as a member of the studio audience of "ATS Live," the premier three-hour live weekly show of the Above Top Secret website (one of the most popular conspiracy websites in the world); I'm the token skeptic.
On last weekend's show (October 25, 2014), one of the topics we discussed was the deathbed confession of "Area 51 scientist," Boyd Bushman. Within a few weeks of his death this past August, Mr. Bushman was recorded in numerous clips making various claims about how he worked on things such as antigravity, UFOs, and other classic pseudoscience claims related to what could be loosely termed, "new physics." [YouTube "Last Interview"]
I think this is an excellent example of why I find the "deathbed confession" phenomenon completely unconvincing, especially as related to paranormal-type claims.