Crop Circle Iconographer

I have combined my personas of Cereologist and Iconographer (one who studies images) to illustrate the revealing evolution of crop circles. As I relate in articles (e.g., "The Crop-Circle Phenomenon" [co-author John F. Fischer], Skeptical Inquirer, winter 1992, pp. 136-49) and a blog ("Crop Circles Evolve," Investigative Briefs, on the Center for Inquiry's front-page blog, Free Thinking, July 3, 2009), recorded data show that the swirled patterns began as simple circles, then over time developed rings and satellites, morphed into pictograms, and became even more complex-a development illustrated in the drawing here. This was just the kind of one-upmanship that, with other factors, indicated the designs were a hoax phenomenon.

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