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Susan Gerbic Reports on the 2014 Skeptics Toolbox

Susan Gerbic Reports on the 2014 Skeptics Toolbox

by Susan Gerbic
November 13, 2014

Each August at the University of Oregon, Eugene, you will find a devoted group of conference attendees learning a critical thinking skill to bring back for use in their everyday lives.

Behind the Magic – Interview With James Randi

Behind the Magic – Interview With James Randi

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
October 30, 2014

In 2012, documentary filmmakers Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom began work on An Honest Liar, a profile of the life of “The Amazing” Randi, as he embarks on a series of public crusades to expose America’s beloved psychics, mentalists, preachers, and faith healers with religious fervor.

You Should Have Seen This One Coming – Protesting With Good Thinking At UK Psychic Events

You Should Have Seen This One Coming – Protesting With Good Thinking At UK Psychic Events

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
October 17, 2014

In March of this year, the UK charity Good Thinking was contacted by Mark Tilbrook. Mark is a skeptical activist who had been planning to hand out leaflets to people on their way to attend a range of psychic shows.

In memoriam Jean DOMMANGET

In memoriam Jean DOMMANGET

by The Comité PARA
October 16, 2014

Jean Dommanget died on October 1, 2014 at the age of 90. He was an astronomer and head of the Département “Astrométrie et Dynamique des corps célestes” at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. He was an internationally acknowledged specialist in the domain of double stars.

In Celebration of Martin Gardner

In Celebration of Martin Gardner

by Martin Gardner
October 15, 2014

To commemorate the centennial of the birth of one of the greatest figures in modern scientific skepticism, we have decided to republish a selection of his “Notes of a Psi-Watcher” and “Notes of a Fringe-Watcher” columns from the Skeptical Inquirer on our website.

The British Humanist Association: Which Witch is Which?

The British Humanist Association: Which Witch is Which?

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
October 2, 2014

The promotion of science and reason is not without its challenges. The British Humanist Association (BHA) and Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) are being sued by the wealthy evangelical preacher and “witch hunter” Helen Ukpabio who has dubbed herself a “Lady Apostle.”

ExpeRimental Science on YouTube with Alom Shaha

ExpeRimental Science on YouTube with Alom Shaha

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
September 8, 2014

Alom Shaha was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London. A teacher, science writer, and filmmaker, he has spent most of his professional life sharing his passion for science and education with the public.

CFI/Argentina Report (Partial)

CFI/Argentina Report (Partial)

by Alejandro Borgo
August 29, 2014

Recent activities, events, and appearances from CFI/Argentina.

Faking Science Cred at a Sci-Fi Con: Not Smart

Faking Science Cred at a Sci-Fi Con: Not Smart

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
August 14, 2014

Paranormal investigators playing the role of “experts” and pretending to be scientific is not going to fly when the lack of deep knowledge is evident and there are actual scientists in the audience.

Jews and Reptilians

Jews and Reptilians

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
August 6, 2014

The question here is about the origin of Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews, who comprise around three-quarters of the global Jewish population, a large percentage of American Jewry, and about half of the Jews in modern Israel.

LaRae Meadows Reports on SkeptiCal 2014

LaRae Meadows Reports on SkeptiCal 2014

by LaRae Meadows
August 5, 2014

On the last day of May, a bevy of west-coast skeptics gathered to discuss scammers, science, psychology, and public awareness above the hurry and fuss of Chinatown in Oakland, California.

I Oil Pulled for a Month and All I Got Was This Sore Tongue

I Oil Pulled for a Month and All I Got Was This Sore Tongue

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
July 23, 2014

All I had to do to perfect my pearly whites was swish a tablespoon of oil (sunflower or sesame is preferred) around my mouth for twenty minutes a day, pulling toxins out of my teeth and gums and “improving my overall oral health.”

Milk Doesn’t Aggravate Autism: How PETA and Jenny McCarthy Became Unwitting Bedfellows

Milk Doesn’t Aggravate Autism: How PETA and Jenny McCarthy Became Unwitting Bedfellows

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
June 16, 2014

According to the animal rights group PETA, childhood autism may be diminished with a dairy-free diet. In fact, any such correlation has been roundly debunked.

Psi, Sci. (Sigh!)

Psi, Sci. (Sigh!)

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
June 11, 2014

Some say the case for psychic ability has been made, others say it hasn’t. Yet others say someday it will be, or will never be. In 130 years, has there been progress in psychical research?

Schooling for Good Sleep—Interview with Richard Wiseman

Schooling for Good Sleep—Interview with Richard Wiseman

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
June 9, 2014

Based on exciting new research, mass-participation experiments, and the world’s largest archive of dream reports, Richard Wiseman’s new book, Night School, reveals the truth about sleep and dreaming.

¿Me persigue Dante?

¿Me persigue Dante?

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
May 22, 2014

Iba a empezar mi charla hablando del azar y la causalidad que solemos buscarle, recordando otra sorprendente de coincidencia que me había ocurrido mes y medio antes.

The Excluded Middle: A Skeptic Explores the Extraordinary

The Excluded Middle: A Skeptic Explores the Extraordinary

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
May 20, 2014

Attending events outside your own frame of reference involves getting into a suitable frame of mind. It’s often helpful to suspend judgement and just listen.

The Weekend I Became a Reiki Healer

The Weekend I Became a Reiki Healer

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
May 7, 2014

I am a Reiki practitioner, but I don’t believe in Reiki. That may sound like a contradiction, but apparently it isn’t.

Ann Druyan: Telling the Story of the Cosmos

Ann Druyan: Telling the Story of the Cosmos

by Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
May 5, 2014

This recent Point of Inquiry interview with Ann Druyan has now been transcribed and is available to read.

An Intro to Homeopathy

An Intro to Homeopathy

by Harriet Hall
April 30, 2014

Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine that was invented by a German doctor at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Scientific knowledge about chemistry, physics, and biology tells us it should not work; careful testing has shown that it does not work.

Checking Out Consumer Rights With The Checkout – Interview With Julian Morrow

Checking Out Consumer Rights With The Checkout – Interview With Julian Morrow

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
April 29, 2014

From cradles to graves, everyone’s a customer – and we have the right not to remain silent. Each week, The Checkout takes a no-holds-barred, irreverent and entertaining approach to explaining and exposing the ways that all of us are being ripped off.

Kevin Trudeau’s $18,000 Weight Loss Plan: A Book Review

Kevin Trudeau’s $18,000 Weight Loss Plan: A Book Review

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
April 18, 2014

It wasn’t selling snake oil that put Kevin in the slammer. In fact, it wasn’t even the “natural cures” books for which he became so famous. It was his relatively forgotten book, The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Communicating Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Communicating Science

by Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
April 16, 2014

This classic Point of Inquiry interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson has now been transcribed and is available to read.

Noé

Noé

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
April 7, 2014

El Arca de Noé es una de las obsesiones de los literalistas bíblicos, que creen que lo narrado en las Sagradas Escrituras cristianas son hechos históricos.

Giving up the Ghosts: Formerly Known as “Ghost Hunters”

Giving up the Ghosts: Formerly Known as “Ghost Hunters”

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
April 4, 2014

Question: How does an avid ghost hunter and true believer in paranormal phenomena turn into an avowed skeptical commentator?

The Ghost in the Kitchen

The Ghost in the Kitchen

by Barry Karr
March 27, 2014

Recently a video has been making the rounds on the internet showing security camera video of a glass plate flying off the shelf of a store in New Hampshire.

Rapping Evolution – An Interview With Baba Brinkman

Rapping Evolution – An Interview With Baba Brinkman

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
March 20, 2014

Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist, writer, and performer and the creator of “The Rap Guide to Evolution,” a hip-hop exploration of modern evolutionary biology, natural selection and evolutionary psychology.

Not a Saint: How I Bought Con Man Kevin Trudeau’s Belongings

Not a Saint: How I Bought Con Man Kevin Trudeau’s Belongings

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
March 18, 2014

Kevin Trudeau doesn’t have very good taste. I know because I just got back from his house in Ojai, California. Or rather, the house he once owned.

A Grain of Truth: Recreating Dr. Emoto’s Rice Experiment

A Grain of Truth: Recreating Dr. Emoto’s Rice Experiment

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
March 11, 2014

Are you a human? Do you have access to the internet? Then you may already know about Dr. Masaru Emoto, the Japanese “scientist” who magically turns normal rice into gross rice, simply by yelling at it.

My First Trance

My First Trance

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
March 3, 2014

I sat with the older members of a group of twenty-eight people. Twenty were standing. I was the only guest. This was my second meeting with them. They often get together to pray, lay hands on the sick, and communicate with spirits. The spirits don’t talk back, but that doesn’t stop them.

Prehistoric Survivors? They Are Really Most Sincerely Dead

Prehistoric Survivors? They Are Really Most Sincerely Dead

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
February 28, 2014

A popular gambit in cryptozoology is to say that a cryptid is a real animal that was presumed long extinct but has lived on undetected. Here is why that sounds sciencey, but is bad reasoning.

Gone Squatchin’:  My Day at the Bigfoot Expo

Gone Squatchin’:  My Day at the Bigfoot Expo

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
February 26, 2014

The schedule ran from noon until 6:15pm and was packed with talks like, “Bigfoot Eyeshine—What Is It?” and “What Would Sasquatch Do?” which I imagined as a lecture on top-down morality and ethics as espoused by a shy, possibly fictional woodland creature.

Will Psychics “Cure” Cancer?

Will Psychics “Cure” Cancer?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
February 20, 2014

The online psychic industry is a seemingly bottomless collection of clairvoyants, tarot card readers, psychic healers, and other people in purple outfits.

“Breaking Magic” With Billy Kidd – Magic Meets Science On The Discovery Channel

“Breaking Magic” With Billy Kidd – Magic Meets Science On The Discovery Channel

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
February 14, 2014

Street magic is nothing new on our television screens. What makes Breaking Magic different is the discussion of scientific concepts and the use of physics, chemistry and psychology in making magic fun and intellectually stimulating.

Can Science Support Creationism?

Can Science Support Creationism?

by Penny Higgins
Use and Abuse of the Fossil Record
February 4, 2014

Creationism is the idea that some supernatural power is responsible for the diversity of life on Earth. This is in contradiction to the scientific theory of Evolution, which holds that the diversity of life on Earth today can be tracked back to a single common, unicellular, ancestor, and that the diversity is due to the accumulation of minute changes along lineages over billions of years.

“I Immunise” With The Immunisation Alliance Of Western Australia – Interview With Dr. Katie Attwell

“I Immunise” With The Immunisation Alliance Of Western Australia – Interview With Dr. Katie Attwell

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
January 30, 2014

I'm very fortunate to live in a great part of the world, near Fremantle in Western Australia. I'm also very fortunate that there's proactive people here who are very concerned about vaccination rates—and are willing to try outreach in a number of different ways. For this interview, I talked to Dr. Katie Attwell, of "I Immunise."

In the Media: 2013 Activities of Joe Nickell

In the Media: 2013 Activities of Joe Nickell

by Joe Nickell
January 15, 2014

As CSI’s Senior Research Fellow Joe Nickell continued his work—now in the middle of his fifth decade—of investigating the world’s paranormal, historical, and forensic mysteries.

CFI-Argentina 2013 Report

CFI-Argentina 2013 Report

by Alejandro Borgo
January 13, 2014

A course on critical thinking, lecture at ARTECH, article in Newsweek Argentina, and more.

Burzynski Clinic: A Scientifical Year Of Fail

Burzynski Clinic: A Scientifical Year Of Fail

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
January 10, 2014

Looking back on 2013, what was the most flawed sciencey story of the year? I pick antineoplastons—touted as a miracle cancer cure with little to no proof.

Mythbusting Monsters – Abominable Science With Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero

Mythbusting Monsters – Abominable Science With Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
January 2, 2014

With years of experience in investigating paranormal claims and teaching critical thinking, the combined powers of Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero present the arguments for and against the existence of the most famous (and debated) monsters in history.

Be Happy if You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part Two)

Be Happy if You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part Two)

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
December 13, 2013

The Raëlian Happiness Academy was the culmination of our five months undercover with the UFO-believing group. During those five months, we spent many hours in one Raëlian sister’s apartment, cross-legged and staring sublimely into one another’s eyes.

The Exciting And Ever Ongoing Scientific Story Of The Infinite Cosmic Genome App

The Exciting And Ever Ongoing Scientific Story Of The Infinite Cosmic Genome App

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
December 3, 2013

When it comes to curiosity, The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome is here to help—as a different kind of guide to modern thoughts on why we are as we are and why the Universe is as it is.

Rest in Peace, Sylvia

by Bryan Farha
Online Extras
November 25, 2013

One of the world’s most popular alleged psychics and spiritual mediums in history, Sylvia Browne, died on November 20, 2013 at age 77 (although she predicted on CNN that she would live to age 88).

Bigfoot Files: Science, Skepticism and the True Believers

Bigfoot Files: Science, Skepticism and the True Believers

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
November 22, 2013

There is a small, elite group of skeptics who know their Bigfootery. That’s right, the Bigfoot skeptics.

Be Happy If You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part One)

Be Happy If You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part One)

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
November 8, 2013

Ross and I scurry into the Raëlian Happiness Academy four days late. The whole thing is supposed to last six days, but we will only be there two. They are the most important two—the final meditations and the baptism, which occurs on the last day.

Another Tower Fell: My Months with the 9/11 Truthers

Another Tower Fell: My Months with the 9/11 Truthers

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
November 1, 2013

Here in Los Angeles, there are two prominent Truther groups seemingly in competition. We have been attending the biggest and most active one. About twenty-five people attend each meeting. Each one is four to five hours long and mostly consists of Abel showing us YouTube videos and steamrolling conversations.

Identified Flying Objects

Identified Flying Objects

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
October 30, 2013

If aliens really did visit Earth, we would quickly confirm their presence with the most distributed evidence in the history of human sharing. “Viral” wouldn’t even begin to describe it.

Pacu Panic: Swallowed Hook, Line, and Sinker

Pacu Panic: Swallowed Hook, Line, and Sinker

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
October 25, 2013

First, it was found in Danish waters. And then France. Then in New Jersey. A fish, normally found in the Amazon, was scaring the pants ON fishermen around the world. Why be scared of a pacu? Teeth and what it was rumored to eat.

Diamonds: A Doctor’s Best Friend

Diamonds: A Doctor’s Best Friend

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
October 17, 2013

When crystals really do generate happiness, health, and well-being, diamonds are everyone’s best friend.

Of Stars and Scientific Phenomena – Interview With Professor Brian Cox

Of Stars and Scientific Phenomena – Interview With Professor Brian Cox

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
October 3, 2013

He is the United Kingdom’s, and perhaps the world’s, foremost communicator of all things scientific. Professor Cox is best known as the presenter of a number of science programmes for the BBC, boosting the popularity of subjects such as astronomy and physics.

Ghost Meters: I Can Name that Ghost in 5 Milligauss

Ghost Meters: I Can Name that Ghost in 5 Milligauss

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
October 1, 2013

Why do paranormal investigations use EMF meters? Turns out, they don't even know why. This is what happens when the paranormal gets sciencey. It isn't pretty but there is beeping and flashing lights.

Hodag: The Legendary, Ugly, Smelly Beast of Wisconsin

Hodag: The Legendary, Ugly, Smelly Beast of Wisconsin

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
September 30, 2013

Three things can kill a hodag: dynamite, chloroform, and lemons. If you see one, you are advised to keep any all-white bulldogs away (that’s all a hodag eats) and call your local fire department or animal control. If you decide to try to kill a hodag yourself, the risk is all on you.

The Feng Shui Way: A Catastrophe For City Planning

The Feng Shui Way: A Catastrophe For City Planning

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
September 25, 2013

Dick Van Dyke’s home had terrible feng shui. Improper positioning had him stumbling, fumbling, and tumbling all over the house. The futon in the living room had a particularly negative qi about it. To think of all the slapstick sitcoms we would be deprived of if feng shui were true…

9/11 Trutherism Back in the News

9/11 Trutherism Back in the News

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
September 23, 2013

Twelve years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, conspiracy theorists are still searching for evidence that confirms their suspicions that what really happened on 9/11 was not what appeared in the 9/11 Commission Report.

Blowfish Hangover Remedy: Scam or Savior?

Blowfish Hangover Remedy: Scam or Savior?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
September 18, 2013

We each downed two tablets, the recommended dosage. Ross, having had a lot more to drink (he’s part-Irish, you know) considered taking extra, but the recommended dosage seemed advisable. We flipped the box over to see how much of each active ingredient was going into our systems.

Three Days of Science and Skepticism in Stockholm

Three Days of Science and Skepticism in Stockholm

by Kendrick Frazier
September 16, 2013

It awards the Nobel Prizes in science and proudly portrays not a political figure but one of its most eminent scientists on its ubiquitous 100-kronor note (about $16). So it is hardly surprising that Sweden is the home of a large and vibrant skeptics group and was the able host of the 2013 European Skeptics Congress (ESC), August 23–25, in Stockholm.

Billions and Billions of Planets and Stars, Twelve Personalities

Billions and Billions of Planets and Stars, Twelve Personalities

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
September 12, 2013

You are not special, the stars and planets decided that at your birth. In fact, all your complexities and quirks, your desires and passions, everything you have done or will do fits neatly into what looks like a twelve-slice pie chart laden with calligraphy.

Can a Brain Scan Tell You if Your Husband Loves You?

Can a Brain Scan Tell You if Your Husband Loves You?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
September 10, 2013

How Being in Love Made My Skin Look Great

UFO research is up in the air: Can it be scientific?

UFO research is up in the air: Can it be scientific?

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
August 28, 2013

A few months back, a British anomaly investigation organization announced the possible death of UFOlogy. “No way! It's alive and well here,” said the U.S. UFOlogists. So it is. But what is the real status of the study of UFOs?

Los tontos útiles del Área 51

Los tontos útiles del Área 51

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
August 26, 2013

Algunos ufólogos llevan décadas acusándonos a los escépticos de estar pagados por los servicios de inteligencia para ocultar la realidad sobre el fenómeno ovni.

Guerrilla Skepticism Visits the Center for Inquiry

Guerrilla Skepticism Visits the Center for Inquiry

by Susan Gerbic
August 15, 2013

Wikipedia has become the default initial source of research for many students, teachers and the general public who want answers. It's important and becoming more important daily. Editing Wikipedia is a passion for the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia team.

A Million Poisoning Planes

A Million Poisoning Planes

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
August 14, 2013

Millions of planes criss-cross the skies, dumbing down the populace with secret and powerful chemical agents. Every time you board a plane, you can’t look out a window without seeing one of these jet-powered poisoners. There is always danger overhead when chemtrails really do cover the sky.

Nope, It Was Always Already Wrong

Nope, It Was Always Already Wrong

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
August 8, 2013

Recently, the claim that the phrase “conspiracy theory” was popularized in the 1960s by the CIA to discredit those who dared to question the Warren Commission has been popping up in the conspiracy-o-sphere.

Is Marijuana Medical? Part Two: My First Time

Is Marijuana Medical? Part Two: My First Time

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
August 7, 2013

When I get my first bag of marijuana home, I have no idea what to do with it. Unlike most medicine, cannabis doesn’t come in a “dosage” so much as in “servings.”

Is Marijuana Medical? Part One: How I Got a Cannabis Prescription from a Porn Star

Is Marijuana Medical? Part One: How I Got a Cannabis Prescription from a Porn Star

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
August 2, 2013

He looks a lot like a doctor from a soap opera: chiseled jaw and yellow-blonde hair. You’d definitely think his name was Keith, which it isn’t. Dr. Keith is going to decide if I can get a prescription for medical marijuana under California’s Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Care Act.

Moonacy

Moonacy

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
July 31, 2013

Our moon has about as much gravitational effect on the body of any one person as a mosquito sitting on someone’s arm. If the amount of gravity the moon commands really did affect rates of crime, suicide, homicide, depression, and accidents, any swarm of the pests would be a flying disaster waiting to happen.

Over-reliance on Science

Over-reliance on Science

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
July 26, 2013

Science is great, one of the best processes humans have come up with. It has everything to do with how we live long, productive, healthy lives. It is not, however, the be-all and end-all method of how to solve every problem.

Do You Believe In Magic? Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

Do You Believe In Magic? Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
July 19, 2013

In Do You Believe in Magic? he criticizes the negative impact that celebrities like Jenny McCarthy can have on the public understanding and support of good health and science. In addition, he offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry.

When All of Us Are Nostradamus

When All of Us Are Nostradamus

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
July 11, 2013

Peeking at the hand fate dealt you is commonplace in a world where psychics actually exist. For them, the future is as clear as the past, though abilities would range from Spidey sense to Oracle at Delphi.

The Most Adorable Mandible

The Most Adorable Mandible

by LaRae Meadows
July 2, 2013

It should be a surprise to no one when skeptics congregate at conferences, the conversations and talks are nothing short of extraordinary with one-liners that cannot be found anywhere else. Not convinced? Keep reading. SkeptiCal 2013 will serve as our case study.

How Much Do You Love Science? Interview with Elise Andrew

How Much Do You Love Science? Interview with Elise Andrew

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
July 1, 2013

Elise Andrew is a U.K. blogger, social media specialist, science communicator, and webmaster. She is the founder and maintainer of the Facebook page “I F****** Love Science,” which as of June 2013, has 5.6 million likes.

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?

Bigfoot Club Skeptic

Bigfoot Club Skeptic

by Kitty Mervine
May 9, 2013

I became the “skeptic” member of the local Bigfoot group almost by chance. I owe the offer to join to the reality TV show “Finding Bigfoot” (they never actually do). The show, featuring perennial Bigfoot personality Matt Moneymaker, has a skeptic, Ranae Holland.

Skeptics Organize in Indonesia

Skeptics Organize in Indonesia

by Jason Garcia
May 6, 2013

Every day in Indonesia you will hear or see psychics, paranormalists, parapsychologists, and pseudoscientists spreading, scaring, and scamming the nation with irrational beliefs and pseudoscience through the media. You will be able to see them planting thoughts into peoples’ heads so that they can offer solutions and take people's money.

“Phenomenology” Paranormal Conference Shows Shift from Sciencey to Spiritual

“Phenomenology” Paranormal Conference Shows Shift from Sciencey to Spiritual

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
April 24, 2013

When paranormal investigators give up on sciencey stuff, what's the alternative? The spiritual. I take you on a tour of a recent paranormal convention.

Don’t Burn Your Bra for Science Just Yet

Don’t Burn Your Bra for Science Just Yet

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
April 17, 2013

There are many ways a science news story can hit the mainstream media and become a viral hit: does it involve an adorable, terrifying, or adorably terrifying new species of animal? Did a politician say something hilariously ignorant about it? And perhaps more importantly, does it involve breasts?

El feto humano de ‘Sirius’

El feto humano de ‘Sirius’

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
April 16, 2013

La historia del ahora famoso extraterrestre comenzó hace unos diez años, cuando el huaquero -saqueador de yacimientos- Óscar Muñoz desenterró el cuerpo en un cementerio en el pueblo abandonado de La Noria, en el desierto de Atacama (Chile). El ser estaba envuelto en una tela blanca.

Getting Into Pterosaur Trouble – An Interview With Daniel Loxton

Getting Into Pterosaur Trouble – An Interview With Daniel Loxton

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
April 3, 2013

“The goal for Pterosaur Trouble and the other Tales of Prehistoric Life series books is persuasive photorealism—or heightened realism, anyway. I want it to look like I just popped back in time with my camera and took some nature photographs. That concept constrains every aspect of the creation of the illustrations.”

This Week in Conspiracy: For Fear of a Jesuit Planet

This Week in Conspiracy: For Fear of a Jesuit Planet

by Robert Blaskiewicz
This Week in Conspiracy
April 1, 2013

In the lore of conspiracism, few religious groups, with the exception of Jews, are more feared or thought to be more powerful than the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). As I write, it was only yesterday that the College of Cardinals elected the first Jesuit pontiff, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis), which makes you wonder: If they were so powerful, what took them so long to ascend to power?

Leave Us Alone, You’re Spoiling Things

Leave Us Alone, You’re Spoiling Things

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
March 29, 2013

The Skeptic is the unwanted visitor to the paranormal-themed discussion. Questions are unwelcome; they spoil the fun. “Why do you bother nagging on the ghost hunters, the Bigfoot believers, and the UFOlogists,” they ask, “Why not go do something to stop real harm?”

Jim Underdown represents CSI at ConDor XX

Jim Underdown represents CSI at ConDor XX

by Jim Underdown
March 15, 2013

From March 8 – 12, 2013, I attended and spoke at ConDor XX, a sci/fi and fantasy conference at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego.

Wikapediatrician Susan Gerbic discusses her Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project

Wikapediatrician Susan Gerbic discusses her Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project

by Susan Gerbic
March 8, 2013

The Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) project was started in May 2010 as an effort to unite editors to become more skilled at adding skeptical content to the fifth most popular Internet site in the world. I discovered that there are people in our community that have been looking for a way to become more involved but need more structure, support, and training.

Burning the Mean and Disparaging Skeptic Straw Man

Burning the Mean and Disparaging Skeptic Straw Man

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
March 1, 2013

Does “skeptic” equal nasty, obnoxious and shouty? No? Then why do we get automatically tagged with those characteristics even when we are not? The word carries some connotations. But that ought not bar an exchange between skeptics and believers. We have some bridges to build.

Bad Pharma – Interview with Ben Goldacre

Bad Pharma – Interview with Ben Goldacre

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
February 27, 2013

Dr. Ben Goldacre is a best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks. For this interview, we discuss the extent of the problems that face the medical establishment and what we can do to solve these problems.

Conspiracy Theory Roundup (February 9, 2013)

Conspiracy Theory Roundup (February 9, 2013)

by Robert Blaskiewicz
This Week in Conspiracy
February 26, 2013

The Conspiracy Theory Roundup is an ongoing series of news items from around the web relevant to connoisseurs of conspiracism.

13 Is Their Lucky Number

13 Is Their Lucky Number

by Jim Underdown
February 13, 2013

The IIG is—we believe—the largest paranormal investigations team in the world. With affiliate groups in several states and a Canadian province, we are in the process of creating an international network of trained investigators who will not only look into paranormal, fringe science, and extraordinary claims in their own regions, but also administer the IIG $50,000 Challenge.

Bill Cooke Visits CFI-Kenya

Bill Cooke Visits CFI-Kenya

by George Ongere
February 6, 2013

From January 7 to 11, our current Director of International Programs at CFI, Bill Cooke, visited Kenya to have a look at the expansive programs CFI-Kenya has been undertaking.

The Birthday Of Burzynski – Skeptics Fundraise For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The Birthday Of Burzynski – Skeptics Fundraise For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
February 1, 2013

On January 23, the Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients delivered a birthday present to Houston cancer quack Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski and the Burzynski Clinic: a donation of around $13,000 raised in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – with a request that the clinic match those funds for the hospital.

The Trouble with Pseudoscience—It Can Be a Catastrophe

The Trouble with Pseudoscience—It Can Be a Catastrophe

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
January 30, 2013

Pseudoscience is what one might call a two-dollar word. Skeptics often throw it around because of its weightiness and the values it transmits. We need to talk about this word, where it came from, and why we should be cautious about using it.

Stuff You Should Know TV

Stuff You Should Know TV

by LaRae Meadows
January 28, 2013

Ever wonder what the love child of the British version of The Office and an overheard conversation about science between two reasonably informed guys would grow up to be? Ok, maybe not, but Stuff You Should Know will answer the question anyway.

Carcajadas contra creencias

Carcajadas contra creencias

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
January 23, 2013

El humor es una magnífica herramienta no sólo para la divulgación del conocimiento, sino también en la lucha contra la pseudociencia, donde tan importante es tener razón como que parezca que uno la tiene.