---

In SKEPTIC Magazine, Vol. 2 No. 3, Jim Lippard gives a 12 page coverage of the laughable Sun Pictures / CBS "Noah's Ark" hoax uncovered by Jammal through the use of a hoax of his own. Arkologist debunkers should find this lengthy article quite a good read and I found it wonderfully informative and fairly unbiased. There are actual transcripts of interviews between Morris and Jammal taken on June 10'th, 1986. "Sun Goes Down In Flames: The Jammal Ark Hoax" by Jim Lippard. Internet: LIPPARD@CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU ("James J. Lippard") What I didn't know and Mr. Lippard mentions is "The hoax had actually been revealed in March in a press released from the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion but hardly anyone took notice of it." I did not know that! I find this interesting because the SER is a _religious_ institution, to my knowledge, and yet was nearly ignored by fellow club members. When Skeptics Society advisor Gerald Larue informed Associated Press and (more importantly) _Time Magazine_, it became a sensation -- for obvious reasons: national magazine subscription and sales numbers. And, yes, I find it vastly entertaining as well. Mr. Lippard quotes various game-players __defending__ Mr. Jammal as being the __victim__ of a hoax, rather than the facts which came out later; that the claim Mr. Jammal was hoaxing CBS/ Sun Pictures while they (CBS) were in turn hoaxing the American public... well, one can experience a stack overflow contemplating what people believed when and how often they changed their beliefs. To make a gleeful situation even more interesting, Mr. Michael Shermer of the Skeptics Society mentions that Sun Pictures have now claimed that it was _they_ who uncovered the Jammal Hoax. As I mentioned to Mr. Lippard, they're not called "Dishonest Creationist" for nothing. Jammal's Hoax started in 1985-1986 when he wrote a letter to Duane Gish of the Institure for Creation Science and told him about his (Jammal's) search for the ark which was eventually successful. In his interview, Jammal used names of people he felt sure would eventually give his hoax away. Some of the people who helped Jammal were "Mr. Asholian." His companion on the searches was :Vladimir Sobitchsky." And even more ammusing, a son-in-law who's name is given as "Allis Buls Hitian" which he expressed amazement that no one caught on to. Mr. Lippard delves into the claim that Sun International Pictures did a good job of testing the validity of their performers' claims and, as we all know, systematically shows the nonsense of the claim.

---

The views and opinions stated within this web page are those of the author or authors which wrote them and may not reflect the views and opinions of the ISP or account user which hosts the web page. The opinions may or may not be those of the Chairman of The Skeptic Tank.

Return to The Skeptic Tank's main Index page.

E-Mail Fredric L. Rice / The Skeptic Tank