My name is Jim R. McClanahan, and I am a college student majoring in biological anthropology with a focus on primate behavior and evolution. This blog is dedicated to my thoughts on pseudoscience, a concept that appears scientific on the surface but lacks any kind of credible support. The biggest three perpetrators, in my opinion, are ufology, cryptozoology, and creation science (a.k.a. intelligent design). Having even a basic understanding of science is important because our elected officials are in charge of funding scientific research. Congress no longer has an official science advisory board (Newt Gingrich dismantled it in 1995), so the decision to implement responsible medical, environmental, and technology policy based on sound scientific evidence falls squarely on the shoulders of these men and women. Yet, they often fall prey to and/or espouse pseudoscientific claims. This is why it’s important to foster an interest in science in children so they will know how to recognize the real stuff from the junk as adults.
The name of this blog comes from the traditional Chinese view of the Gibbon ape, which was considered an immortal being with supernatural powers. It is also influenced by my favorite literary figure, Sun Wukong, an immortal stone monkey from the 16th-century novel Journey to the West （西游记）.
I should point out that I will not be able to regularly update this blog while school is in session. Therefore, there may be stretches of several months between new blog entries. Those interested in Western folklore may be interested in my other blog, The Eternal Hunt.
A mated pair of gibbons.