Orcutt's Crackpot Index
A simple method for rating potentially revolutionary contributions to the field of Egyptology.
- 5 points starting credit.
- 1 point for every statement that is in conflict with generally accepted theories.
- 2 points for every statement that is clearly vacuous.
- 3 points for each internal inconsistency.
- 5 points for every supposition that is maintained despite prodigious archaeological evidence to the contrary.
- 5 points for each instance of specious data expressed as fact.
- 5 points for each authoritative reference to Edgar Cayce, Immanuel Velikovsky, Erich von Daniken, Thor Heyerdahl, Zecharia Sitchin, John Anthony West, Graham Hancock, or Robert Bauval.
- 7 points for each authoritative reference to Martin Bernal, Cheikh Anta Diop, Molefi Kete Asante, Chancellor Williams, or Yosef A.A. ben-jochannan.
- 10 points for each authoritative reference to R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz.
- 10 points for each baseless claim that widely accepted theories are fundamentally erroneous.
- 10 points for boasting of academic degrees unrelated to the topic at hand.
- 15 points for boasting of a lack of academic degrees, insisting that formal education is not only unnecessary but also an impediment to creative thought.
- 20 points for lamentations of being misunderstood.
- 20 points for every use of a myth or legend as axiom.
- 20 points for defensive citations of real or imagined ridicule inflicted by the academia.
- 25 points for each evidential mention of Atlantis, Mu, Lemuria, or the 1995 film Stargate.
- 30 points for insisting that if critics cannot disprove a theory, then it must of necessity be true.
- 30 points for claiming to be the victim of a conspiracy by the scientific establishment.
- 40 points for professing to be privy to information that is secret or to which no one else has access.
- 50 points for claims of psychic revelation or firsthand past-life experience.
Apologies to John Baez