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Blame the Victim, But Get a Bentley

Blame the Victim, But Get a Bentley

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
June 27, 2013

If brain waves could really make it out of the head and into some cosmic crucible of creation, neurology would be radically transformed (not to mention that it would become the most groundbreaking science in history).

The Downing of Flight 800—The Conspiracy Theory I Believed

The Downing of Flight 800—The Conspiracy Theory I Believed

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
June 24, 2013

It was an election year, 1996, the end of Clinton’s first term. I was not a Clinton fan. During one of my calls back home, I talked to a family member whose client was an executive at TWA, which was based in my hometown of St. Louis. And my family member told me that this client said that after the election it was going to come out that a training missile had taken down TWA Flight 800.

Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books

Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books

by Ben Radford
Online Extras
June 20, 2013

I recently uncovered rampant plagiarism in a HarperCollins title The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires: An A–Z of the Undead, “written” (more accurately “cut-and-pasted-from-the-Internet”) by Theresa Cheung.

The Life of Death

The Life of Death

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
June 12, 2013

More humans have died than you will ever meet, see, or learn about. Since our split from the apes, Earth has been littered with the detritus of human demise—nearly 110 billion bodies. If spirits did live on after death, most of the people you meet will have already met their end. Every single house on Earth would be haunted by default.

Bath and a Nap: Sound Bathing at the Integratron

Bath and a Nap: Sound Bathing at the Integratron

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
June 6, 2013

Packed with forty or fifty people into a small, domed room in the California desert—a room supposedly blueprinted by aliens—listening to a middle-aged nurse play quartz singing bowls, a person might think they were supposed to stay awake. Not so. At the Integratron, falling asleep is a given.

Retreating to the Church of Anti-Vaccination

Retreating to the Church of Anti-Vaccination

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
June 3, 2013

Australian Media and Politicians Taking Steps to Stamp Out Pseudoscience

The Miracle of Molecular Medicine

The Miracle of Molecular Medicine

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
May 30, 2013

The germ theory of disease allowed modern science to dissipate the harmful miasma that pre-modern medicine sought to remedy. But the organisms that can make us sick are nowhere near as dangerous as a world where every particle might be poison. It’s a world where homeopathy works.

Supernatural Creep: The Slippery Slope to Unfalsifiability

Supernatural Creep: The Slippery Slope to Unfalsifiability

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
May 29, 2013

I'm taking a step beyond sciencey with the following topic. What happens when science doesn't cooperate with your subject area? Researchers of unexplained events may get frustrated and disenchanted with the scientific process when the eyewitness accounts they collect are too weird to explain via conventional means. They go unconventional.

Up Your Nose with a Rubber Hose: My 30 Minutes at an Oxygen Bar

Up Your Nose with a Rubber Hose: My 30 Minutes at an Oxygen Bar

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
May 21, 2013

They will deliver us pure oxygen—double the amount we usually get in the air! It helps cure hangovers. It ends fatigue. It helps with muscle pain and weakness. It curbs jet lag. It dissolves headaches. Some places make even loftier claims about oxygen bars, like that they can help halt cancer or aid chi flow.

Magnet People: How Do They Work?

Magnet People: How Do They Work?

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
May 13, 2013

The first in a hopefully fun and informative series of columns, I want to kick-off Reductio ad Absurdum with a look at so-called “magnetic people.” As will be the case for all the columns, never mind that there is no evidence for these gaussy guys and gals, what would the world be like if people really did generate a noticeable or even intense magnetic field?

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