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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.

Going Clear: Interview with Tony Ortega

Going Clear: Interview with Tony Ortega

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
October 7, 2015

A documentary about Scientology is now distributed worldwide, after successfully screening on HBO in the USA. Written and directed by Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney and based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology and the Religion of Belief

Science, Podcasting (And a Little Nudity Doesn’t Hurt) - The Naked Scientists

Science, Podcasting (And a Little Nudity Doesn’t Hurt) - The Naked Scientists

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
October 5, 2015

The Naked Scientist podcast is a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials and promote it to the general public. They’ve been around since the early 2000s—making them one of the very first podcasts.

Superfood Silliness

Superfood Silliness

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
September 24, 2015

Someone is always trying to tell us what to eat. It's like religions: they can't all be right, and they might all be wrong.

The Sept. 27, 2015 Total Eclipse of the Moon

The Sept. 27, 2015 Total Eclipse of the Moon

by Andrew Fraknoi
September 22, 2015

Fact sheet about the lunar eclipse on September 27th, 2015.

My Ninety Seconds of Cryotherapy

My Ninety Seconds of Cryotherapy

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
September 10, 2015

The emails were adamant. Everyone wanted me to undergo cryotherapy: step into a -260°F stall, alone and naked, for three minutes, and feel the toxins flutter away into the ether.

Hanging Out at the Café: Cultures of Skepticism and Belief

Hanging Out at the Café: Cultures of Skepticism and Belief

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
September 4, 2015

Whereas Chris Mooney’s 2005 book detailed an organized conservative campaign against science, my California experience was something quite different—a fairly coherent culture that includes both pro- and anti-science viewpoints.

Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
August 24, 2015

While we’re arguably awash in more misinformation than ever before, online media have also enabled tools and sources that help us evaluate dubious claims.

Do Essential Oils Cure Everything?

Do Essential Oils Cure Everything?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
August 13, 2015

My understanding of essentially oils was essentially (sorry) that they were concentrated versions of various smelly things: lavender, eucalyptus, rose. And that aromatherapy enthusiasts used different smells to evoke different emotions or mental states. But aromatherapy turns out to be only a small part of the essential oils movement.

Neuro-Pseudoscience

Neuro-Pseudoscience

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
July 29, 2015

As the population ages, concerns about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have created a demand for anything that might stave off the course of mental decline. Brain training programs have a kind of simple plausibility. They sound scientific, and the analogy to physical exercise makes intuitive sense.

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