Saw Blackfish documentary. Disturbing. It"s time to end exploitation of whales along with chimps. I"m boycotting SeaWorld. Who"s with me? Michael Shermer, Facebook. 6 August 2013.
For those who follow the sceptic community Michael Shermer is a leading light. However, in a recent posting on his Facebook page (copied above) it seems that sometimes his sceptical eye can be blinded.
As he states, he is referring to the film "Blackfish" a partisan documentary against the care of killer whales in aquariums and marine parks.
If the film had been about creationism or vaccination causing autism, it would be doubtful if Shermer would have been so glowing in his praise and would instead have looked into the issue and its science with a little more depth and scepticism. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case which is deeply disappointing for someone who should actually know better.
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