Welcome to my blog, Bad Explanations. It is devoted to explanations, both good and bad, in the history and philosophy of science and religion. I also like to throw in the odd conspiracy theory to spice things up.

Who am I? My name is Tiddy. I am a PhD student from New Zealand, and I have been fascinated with bad explanations since I was a nipper. My thesis looks at the epistemological conflict between science and religion. Other than this passion, I have a penchant for beautiful old plates and teacups, as well as rocks (although I know nothing of geology) and I have an ongoing love affair with Calypso music and the B-52s.

I try to keep up to date with the latest in bad explanations in the fields of religion, online conspiracies, cryptozoology and pseudoscience. If you have an idea for an article, or would like to contribute to the blog personally, please contact me at:


Also feel free to visit my professional page at Academia.edu, where you can find writings that have suffered the torture of peer review and can live to tell the tale. Add me (“friend me”) to stay up to date with any further literary survivors.

My personal page at the University of Otago can be found here.



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