John F. McGowan, Ph.D.'s Links

I have tried to collect here links to web sites with substantial content, rather than the usual low content web sites typical of the Worldwide Web.

Fun Stuff

University of Virginia Electronic Text Library
Many famous works in English, Middle English, and Old English. Including the famous horror short story "The Monkey's Paw" by William Wyman Jacobs.
Amara Grap's Web Site
Many resources, including an extensive wavelet page.
Wim Sweldens Home Page
Many resources on wavelets and other techie compression and communications technologies. Wim Sweldens is a well known researcher in wavelets.
Usagi Yojimbo Dojo
Usagi Yojimbo is a rabbit samurai who wanders a 16th century Japan populated by anthropomorphic animals and various spirits from Japanese legend.
Geoffrey Landis
Geoffrey Landis is a well known space scientist and science fiction author.

Evolution, Genetics, and Related Topics

Lee Altenberg's Home Page
Lee Altenberg studies the theoretical foundations of evolutionary computation and evolutionary processes, including genetic algorithms, genetic programming, and theoretical population genetics. His site has many papers on evolution and the evolution of evolvability, how living creatures may have developed the ability to evolve. This site appears to be in Hawaii and can be hard to connect to.
Donald R. Forsdyke's Home Page
Molecular genetics, a critical look at peer review, and other topics.

Economics and Finance

Shadow Government Statistics
Economist Walter Jon Williams critical view of government economic statistics.
Dean Baker
Economist Dean Baker, an early critic of the housing bubble.
Nouriel Roubini
NYU Stern School of Business professor, an early critic of the housing bubble and associated financial policies.
The Baseline Scenario
MIT Economist Simon Johnson on the Financial Crisis

Question Reality

Some unorthodox points of view. The listing of a web site here does not constitute endorsement of the views of the web site.


Peter Duesberg's Web Site
Professor Duesberg, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, is the leading critic of the widely accepted belief that Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Rethinking AIDS Web Site
A web site with extensive information on challenges to the belief that Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and even that the HIV retrovirus exists.
Pellagra in the United States: A Historical Perspective
An article on the Pellagra epidemic in the United States from the Southern Medical Journal. Pellagra, like scurvy, beri beri, and other dietary deficiency diseases, was incorrectly identified as a contagious bacterial disease for many years.
Chronic Non-Opportunistic Parasitism as a Co-Factor for AIDS (By Dr. Richard Bowman Pearce)
Dr. Pearce suggests that intestinal parasites are cofactors with HIV for AIDS.

Critical Thinking and Scientific Controversy

Brian Martin's Web Site
Dr Brian Martin is an associate professor in Science, Technology and Society at the University of Wollongong, Australia. His web site has many articles on the role of politics, social forces, and so forth on science.
Henry H. Bauer Home Page
Professor Henry H. Bauer is the author of Science or Pseudoscience and other works.

Origin and Evolution of Life

Access Research Network
Some critics of the Darwinian theory of evolution.
Was Darwin Wrong? Web Site
Reviews of various critics of Darwin and unorthodox ideas about evolution.
Michael Cremo and Forbidden Archaeology Web Site
This is mainly a promotional site for Forbidden Archaeology, Forbidden Archaeology's Impact, and The Hidden History of the Human Race which question the prevailing theory of human origins. Mr. Cremo and his co-author Richard L. Thompson are affiliated with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Cosmic Ancestry
This web site is devoted to Fred Hoyle's unorthodox theories about life in space and the origin of life from deep space, e.g. panspermia.

UFOS and Aliens

UFO Evidence
The UFO Evidence web site has extensive information and links on UFOs.
National Institute for Discovery Science
The National Institute for Discovery Science is a privately funded science institute engaged in research of UFO's and related anomalous phenomena.


Peter Breggin, M.D., and The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP)
Dr. Peter Breggin is a leading critic of biopsychiatry, especially the use of drugs such as Ritalin and Prozac to treat mental illness.
Strassmann, Inc.
Paul Strassmann is a consultant, and former Chief Information Officer of Xerox, who is one of the leading advocates of the computer productivity paradox, the view that computers have contributed little to the productivity of businesses.
Thomas Gold's Home Page
Professor Thomas Gold at Cornell University is the leading advocate of the theory that oil and natural gas deposits were not produced by biological activity, but rather were formed without biological activity from organic compounds such as methane present in the original planetary material from which the Earth formed. Note: Professor Gold died in 2004. This is a link to a recovery of his Cornell University web site.
Forces International
Some critics of the hypothesis that smoking causes lung cancer and other health problems.
Free the West Memphis Three
A web site devoted to the cases of Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Miskelley, three then-teenagers who were convicted for the brutal murders of three small children in West Memphis, Arkansas on May 5, 1993. The murders have been the subject of two documentaries (Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills and Paradise Lost 2: Revelations from Home Box Office) and one book. Damien Wayne Echols, the alleged ring-leader, is on death row in Arkansas.
Michael Prescott's Home Page
This web site has some essays on psychic phenomenon, mediums, organized skepticism, and also promotes the author's novels.
Oil Reserve Fallacy
A different view of "proven oil reserves".


1999-2008 , by John F. McGowan