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What’s Wrong with Dr. Phil

What’s Wrong with Dr. Phil

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
November 18, 2015

I went to visit Dr. Phil myself last week. The show is taped just a mile from my home in Los Angeles. Obtaining tickets was one website visit and a phone call away. In no time, I had two tickets to be in the audience the very next week.

Science Surveyor and the Quest for Consensus

Science Surveyor and the Quest for Consensus

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
November 17, 2015

Why do journalists insist on trumpeting the findings of the latest, anomalous study-ignoring the weight of all the evidence that came before?

Does your cat want to kill you?

Does your cat want to kill you?

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
November 11, 2015

Some of my friends, including the very editor of this article, felt vindicated recently when mainstream news outlets reported "Your cat might actually want to kill you." It brings me no joy to report that they are wrong. Okay: a little joy.

Continuing Education in the Toxin Haunted World of the Cancer Control Society

Continuing Education in the Toxin Haunted World of the Cancer Control Society

by William M. London
Renegades & Rascals
November 9, 2015

The Cancer Control Society (CCS) describes itself on its website as “a non-profit organization, dependent upon donations for its mission: to prevent and control cancer and other diseases through Nutrition [sic] and Non-Toxic [sic] Therapies [sic].”

“Gorgeouspil” Didn’t Make Me More Gorgeous

“Gorgeouspil” Didn’t Make Me More Gorgeous

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
November 4, 2015

Starting to feel age tugging at your jaw line? Does your doctor tell you that you have a case of the uglies? You need a little Alex Chiu.

Learn to Edit Wikipedia like a GSoW Editor–Backwards Editing

Learn to Edit Wikipedia like a GSoW Editor–Backwards Editing

by Susan Gerbic
October 21, 2015

So you might have heard about this awesome website called Wikipedia. It’s the sixth most viewed website worldwide. It is where most people find out information about the weird in the world. I’m going to explain a Wikipedia editing technique that I call Backwards Editing and how you can help out without joining my Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) project.

Does a New Documentary Prove Shaken Baby Syndrome Doesn’t Exist?

Does a New Documentary Prove Shaken Baby Syndrome Doesn’t Exist?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
October 20, 2015

The Syndrome Sabotages Its Credibility.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Didn’t Win a Nobel Prize, Scientific Medicine Did

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Didn’t Win a Nobel Prize, Scientific Medicine Did

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
October 19, 2015

Tu Youyou, a Chinese researcher, was awarded half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine for her discovery of artemisininin, a malaria drug. This has been touted as a victory for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and herbalism. It is anything but.

Alex Tsakiris, Psychic Detectives, and Bad Science

Alex Tsakiris, Psychic Detectives, and Bad Science

by Benjamin Radford
October 13, 2015

Good science requires good data, and to get valid results scientists must consider all of the evidence. If a researcher chooses to exclude some of the information available in an experiment, for example, he or she should offer a rationale for doing so. When researchers present to the public or their peers data that only supports their conclusions, that’s called bad science (at best) or outri

Welcome to the Season of Conspiracy Theories

Welcome to the Season of Conspiracy Theories

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
October 8, 2015

The 2016 Presidential campaign is well underway, and perhaps because fear mongering is such a popular political strategy (see Donald Trump on immigration), conspiracy theories are back in season. Coincidently, several new studies have emerged to shed more light on why people endorse conspiracy theories.

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