Two days ago I talked about four Scandy writers of pseudoarchaeological books at the Kritisk masse conference in Oslo: Bob G Lind, Lennart MÃ¶ller, Erling Haagensen and Thor Heyerdahl. Despite being largely composed of Norwegians, the audience seemed unperturbed by my unflattering views of Heyerdahl’s archaeological contributions. He is a national hero and the museum celebrating his achievements is (tellingly) just a stone’s throw from the Viking ship museum in Oslo. Them Norwegians like their maritime identity! But I don’t think the country’s skeptics are being fooled, as shown i.a. by my colleague JÃ¸rgen BÃ¸ckman’s great talk about modern Viking mythology. His brother Petter’s talk about cryptozoology was really good too, though he talked a bit too fast for this poor Swede.
On Thursday night 4 November I am speaking on the same theme as two days ago in Uppsala to an audience of Christians, skeptics and Christian skeptics. Come and hear me and say hi! I don’t know what the door fee is, but the venue is Missionskyrkan on Sankt Olofsgatan 40. I start talking at seven o’clock.