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TIES Weekly Update - June 20, 2017

TIES Weekly Update - June 20, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
June 27, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

Megyn Kelly, Alex Jones, and Conspiracies

Megyn Kelly, Alex Jones, and Conspiracies

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
June 22, 2017

For skeptics it’s often a no-win situation: If we ignore whatever bogus claim (UFO, Bigfoot, ghosts, conspiracies) then what happens is that believers say to themselves: “There must be something to it…

Platillos volantes: el nacimiento del mito

Platillos volantes: el nacimiento del mito

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
June 22, 2017

Con Kenneth Arnold estalló en 1947 la fiebre de los ovnis, aunque entonces casi nadie relacionaba los objetos que se veían en los cielos con naves extraterrestres.

Quiroprácticos: pros y contras

Quiroprácticos: pros y contras

by Harriet Hall, translated by Alejandro Borgo
June 16, 2017

Cuando la quiropraxia es efectiva, lo que es efectivo no es “quiropráctico!: es SMT (Terapia de Estimulación Espinal, TEE)...

The Real ESP—Building a Bridge for Skeptics

The Real ESP—Building a Bridge for Skeptics

by Susan Gerbic
Guerrilla Skepticism
June 15, 2017

This interview with the European Skeptics Podcast is an example of what can happen when you venture out and meet others who share the same passion and worldview.

Moral Panic Du Jour: The ‘Blue Whale Game’

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
June 15, 2017

“The Blue Whale ‘suicide game’ is believed to be a hidden online social media group which its main aim is to encourage our children to kill themselves…

Answering Vaccine Skeptics

Answering Vaccine Skeptics

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
June 14, 2017

Here are some short answers to some of the most common objections to vaccines…

P-Hacker Confessions: Daryl Bem and Me

P-Hacker Confessions: Daryl Bem and Me

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
June 13, 2017

Daryl Bem is unquestionably one of the world’s most fascinating psychologists. He represents the rare combination of an accomplished mainstream psychologist who is also a believer in ESP.

“Meanwhile, In the Upside Down…”

“Meanwhile, In the Upside Down…”

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
June 8, 2017

It was a quiet, uneventful week in Washington. I mean, aside from the ongoing tire fire at a fireworks factory that is the Trump presidency…

“¡Qué escándalo! He descubierto que aquí se miente”

“¡Qué escándalo! He descubierto que aquí se miente”

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
June 7, 2017

Tenemos un serio problema con la mentira, pero no es nuevo ni consecuencia de la existencia de las redes sociales

GSoW Audio of Skeptics Project

GSoW Audio of Skeptics Project

by Susan Gerbic
Guerrilla Skepticism
June 2, 2017

Wikipedia as you know contains lots of text, but the better pages also contain photos, audio, and video…

Chiropractors: Pro and Con

Chiropractors: Pro and Con

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
June 1, 2017

When chiropractic is effective, what is effective is not “chiropractic”: it is SMT. SMT is also offered by physical therapists, DOs, and others…

So, you supported the March for Science. Now what?

So, you supported the March for Science. Now what?

by Susan Gerbic
Guerrilla Skepticism
May 31, 2017

We care about science, education, critical thinking, and the Earth. Okay, now what?

TIES Weekly Update–May 16 and May 23, 2017

TIES Weekly Update–May 16 and May 23, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
May 25, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

The Lore and Lure of the Northern Lights

The Lore and Lure of the Northern Lights

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
May 18, 2017

“I didn’t just want to write a science book… I wanted to celebrate the beauty and magic of the aurora and how captivating it is, and also explore the history of Arctic exploration and the cultures there…”

El jesuita mexicano que fotografiaba espíritus

El jesuita mexicano que fotografiaba espíritus

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
May 16, 2017

El padre Carlos María de Heredia asombró con sus demostraciones de fenómenos mediúmnicos a los estadounidenses en los años 20 del siglo pasado.

Exorcism, magic and dreams interpretation on Arabic TV channels

by Omar Meriwani
May 15, 2017

Arabic speaking countries are currently witnessing a new phenomenon: religious superstition satellite channels.

TIES Weekly update - May 8, 2017

TIES Weekly update - May 8, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
May 11, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

Anatomy of a Reading

Anatomy of a Reading

by Susan Gerbic
Guerrilla Skepticism
May 3, 2017

I’ve seen a lot of criticism of Tyler Henry, and I might be alone in thinking that what is going on with his readings has nothing to do with Google and everything to do with cold-reading.

TIES Weekly Update–May 2, 2017

TIES Weekly Update–May 2, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
May 1, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

The March for Science: A Road Race for Nerds

The March for Science: A Road Race for Nerds

by Stuart Vyse
Special Report
April 28, 2017

In addition to celebrating science for science’s sake, there was a strong theme of using science for the betterment of all.

TIES Weekly Update–April 25, 2017

TIES Weekly Update–April 25, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
April 25, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

The Vicissitudes of the Egg: From Vilification to Vindication

The Vicissitudes of the Egg: From Vilification to Vindication

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
April 18, 2017

For decades, scientists have been working their way towards a better understanding of what causes heart attacks and strokes.

Can Anything Save Us from Unintended Consequences?

Can Anything Save Us from Unintended Consequences?

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
April 17, 2017

Better policy outcomes will be achieved only when decision-makers are motivated to use the best modes of thinking and deciding.

Photography Nerds Discuss CSICon

Photography Nerds Discuss CSICon

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
April 13, 2017

It’s very validating as an amateur photographer to have someone want to use one of your photos, especially if it’s for something important… It’s my small contribution to the movement.

How Russian Conspiracies Taint Social Activist ‘News’

How Russian Conspiracies Taint Social Activist ‘News’

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
April 5, 2017

The idea that Russians are intentionally fomenting social unrest and government distrust in the United States through news media sounds itself like a conspiracy theory, but it is not.

TIES Weekly Update - April 4, 2017

TIES Weekly Update - April 4, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
April 4, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

Facilitated Communication on Wikipedia gets an Update

Facilitated Communication on Wikipedia gets an Update

by Susan Gerbic
Guerrilla Skepticism
April 3, 2017

To the scientific skeptic community, the evidence presented is going to have to reach a high bar before it will be accepted. To the believer, in many cases the word evidence means that they have seen it work.

TIES Weekly Update - March 28, 2017

TIES Weekly Update - March 28, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
March 28, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

You thought your weekend was interesting? Ellen Tarr talks about Rh-negative blood and Sasquatch DNA

You thought your weekend was interesting? Ellen Tarr talks about Rh-negative blood and Sasquatch DNA

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
March 27, 2017

Once I did the research, I wanted to publish it so others had the information. I looked around and decided a strictly academic journal would probably not get the audience I wanted, and I found the Skeptical Inquirer.

Vandalism on Wikipedia

Vandalism on Wikipedia

by Susan Gerbic
Guerrilla Skepticism
March 24, 2017

I really want to use this opportunity to explain the inner workings of Wikipedia and how everyone is needed to help police it.

Do I Really Need to Drink 200 Ounces of Water Every Day?

Do I Really Need to Drink 200 Ounces of Water Every Day?

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
March 23, 2017

Here’s how the eight to ten glasses myth got started…

Skeptic from Czech Republic Checks Out CSICon

Skeptic from Czech Republic Checks Out CSICon

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
March 23, 2017

After getting to know the other participants, it started to feel like a family, community meeting, even to my Czech colleague and me, who were complete outsiders.

QuickTake: A Skeptical Look at CIA Spying Revelations

QuickTake: A Skeptical Look at CIA Spying Revelations

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
March 22, 2017

The problem that intelligence agencies face is not having too little data, but precisely the opposite: having too much.

TIES Weekly Update - March 21, 2017

TIES Weekly Update - March 21, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
March 22, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

TIES Weekly Update - March 14, 2017

TIES Weekly Update - March 14, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
March 14, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

Pratkanis on Altercasting and CSICon—an Interview with Susan Gerbic

Pratkanis on Altercasting and CSICon—an Interview with Susan Gerbic

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
March 14, 2017

Well, we still live in a demon-haunted world, even though all of us have the opportunity to hold up a candle to the darkness. That’s the way it has been for the length of our species’ existence.

Homeopatía: los hechos sin diluir Entrevista a Edzard Ernst

Homeopatía: los hechos sin diluir Entrevista a Edzard Ernst

by Kylie Sturgess, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Curiouser and Curiouser
March 9, 2017

En el cual examina el origen, los principios y la práctica de la homeopatía y discute las razones de su permanente popularidad.

TIES Weekly Update - March 7, 2017

TIES Weekly Update - March 7, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
March 8, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

TIES Weekly Update - February 28, 2017

TIES Weekly Update - February 28, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
March 8, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

TIES Weekly Update - February 21, 2017

TIES Weekly Update - February 21, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
March 8, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

CSI Interviews Douglas Preston on The Lost City of the Monkey God

CSI Interviews Douglas Preston on The Lost City of the Monkey God

by Benjamin Radford
March 7, 2017

I started off thinking I was writing a story about these long-ago crimes in Florence, these serial killings, but all of a sudden we got pulled in by the police investigation, and pretty soon I was being interrogated as a suspect… it was really crazy.

Predicting Pseudoscience Conspiracy Theories – An Interview with Craig Foster

Predicting Pseudoscience Conspiracy Theories – An Interview with Craig Foster

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
March 3, 2017

This might seem odd, but I did leave CSICon with a greater appreciation for skepticism as a movement. The world would be a much better place if we could mitigate some of the implausible beliefs that are ultimately harmful.

Susan Gerbic talks with Katie Dyer about her CSICon Experience

Susan Gerbic talks with Katie Dyer about her CSICon Experience

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
February 24, 2017

“I care about teaching my students about skepticism. And CSICon is a place where I can meet up with folks interested in the same things.”

Susan Gerbic talks with Bob Knaier about his CSICon Experience.

Susan Gerbic talks with Bob Knaier about his CSICon Experience.

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
February 21, 2017

You can imagine my excitement (and dismay) when I came across an example of expert testimony being offered in support of a classic piece of pseudoscience: homeopathy.

Why Physical Activity Does Little to Control Weight

Why Physical Activity Does Little to Control Weight

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
February 16, 2017

Herman Pontzer describes new research findings that challenge our conventional wisdom about diet, exercise, and weight loss.

The Empowering of Alternative Medicine in Portugal

The Empowering of Alternative Medicine in Portugal

by João Madruga Dias
February 14, 2017

It’s time for doctors to openly expose and fight the usage of pseudoscience in healthcare.

From Chemtrails to CSICon: An Interview with Mick West.

From Chemtrails to CSICon: An Interview with Mick West.

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
February 10, 2017

Skeptics are fairly politically diverse, but we are united in our opposition to fake science, alternative facts, charlatans, and bunk. CSICon is part of the solution…

Override: My quest to go beyond brain training and take control of my mind

Override: My quest to go beyond brain training and take control of my mind

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
February 7, 2017

Interview with biologist and writer Caroline Williams.

Local Skeptical Outreach & Activism: Monterey County SkeptiCamp

Local Skeptical Outreach & Activism: Monterey County SkeptiCamp

by Susan Gerbic
February 3, 2017

Skepticism as a “thing” is unknown to most people; they don’t understand that there are communities, conferences, books, podcasts, and more that focus on all kinds of topics. It’s our responsibility to educate the public about these matters.

Tijuana’s Alternative Cancer Treatments: Warnings and Side Effects

Tijuana’s Alternative Cancer Treatments: Warnings and Side Effects

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
February 2, 2017

It is not hard to imagine that the empty hope offered in Tijuana will creep over the border soon, and that without the regulatory assurance of a strong FDA, ordinary Americans will not be able to tell an effective treatment from an ineffective one.

Your Unlearning Report: The Trouble with Empathy, Implicit Bias, and Believing in Luck

Your Unlearning Report: The Trouble with Empathy, Implicit Bias, and Believing in Luck

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
January 27, 2017

For a skeptic, there is nothing more satisfying than discovering that some previously cherished truth has been overturned by new evidence.

Fake News Begets Fake News: Pizzagate

Fake News Begets Fake News: Pizzagate

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
January 25, 2017

“I did another search, this time of my own email for mentions of pizza… pizza is mentioned twice as often by Podesta and his correspondents as it is by me and my correspondents…”

Turmeric/Curcumin: The “Natural Remedy of the Century” or a Waste of Money?

Turmeric/Curcumin: The “Natural Remedy of the Century” or a Waste of Money?

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
January 24, 2017

Turmeric does have other benefits. It enhances the flavor and appearance of Indian food.

The True Story of The Bye Bye Man

The True Story of The Bye Bye Man

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
January 20, 2017

From a folkloric perspective there are many red flags that the story of The Bye Bye Man (as Schneck described it to me and in his book—he didn’t write the screenplay) is fiction.

On Homeopathy: The Undiluted Facts—An Interview with Edzard Ernst

On Homeopathy: The Undiluted Facts—An Interview with Edzard Ernst

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
January 17, 2017

Most people who are tempted to try homeopathy and even many users of homeopathy have little idea what this type of treatment is all about.

A Mentalist and a Paranormal Investigator in Vienna

A Mentalist and a Paranormal Investigator in Vienna

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
January 6, 2017

“He believed he could hear voices in his head,” I said, and the audience burst into a roar of laughter. Perplexed, I coughed, “That wasn’t a laugh line!” and smiled. They laughed, uncomfortably…

Let’s Bring More Students to CSICon

Let’s Bring More Students to CSICon

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
December 21, 2016

I’m not advocating for the conference organizers to lower their costs to students, but for the community to step up and help fund getting new people to the conference.

The Parable of the Power Pose and How to Reverse It

The Parable of the Power Pose and How to Reverse It

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
December 15, 2016

Some things sound too good to be true, and on closer examination, they are—even in science.

CSICon Las Vegas: “Go for the speakers, return for the people”

CSICon Las Vegas: “Go for the speakers, return for the people”

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
December 1, 2016

The lineup of speakers was some of the stars of science and skepticism, making this a must-do conference.

No Alternative To Cancer—Interview with Dr. Paul Willis

No Alternative To Cancer—Interview with Dr. Paul Willis

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
November 21, 2016

Every year, thousands of Australians are suffering and dying prematurely because of alternative cancer treatments

Self-Hatred: The Cause of Autoimmune Disease?

Self-Hatred: The Cause of Autoimmune Disease?

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
November 14, 2016

The idea that we can take control of our destiny and can prevent or cure illness with our thoughts alone is a seductive one. Wouldn’t that be nice? I wish it were true.

In-Memoriam Segment from CSICon 2016

by Timothy Binga
Special Report
November 9, 2016

Notable skeptics were remembered for their deeds in a short presentation shown during the conference.

Myth Check: Was Hitler a Vegetarian?

Myth Check: Was Hitler a Vegetarian?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
November 2, 2016

Why are we still talking about Hitler at the dinner table?

The Screening Test that Caused an Epidemic

The Screening Test that Caused an Epidemic

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
October 21, 2016

Just because you can screen for a disease doesn’t mean you should.

The Keeper of the Skeptic’s Dictionary: An Interview with Robert Todd Carroll

The Keeper of the Skeptic’s Dictionary: An Interview with Robert Todd Carroll

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
October 18, 2016

It would probably be more fashionable to go out with a bang rather than with a whimper, but at this time, this is as good as it is going to get.

Skeptical Community Mourns the Loss of Robert Todd Carroll

Skeptical Community Mourns the Loss of Robert Todd Carroll

by Susan Gerbic
October 10, 2016

Bob Carroll was exceptional to his family and friends, and I want everyone to know that he was very special to the skeptic community as well.

How to Talk about Conflict of Interest

How to Talk about Conflict of Interest

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
October 5, 2016

Most medical meta-studies are either unnecessary, misleading, or wrong

A Questionable Letter of Recommendation for Ear Candling

A Questionable Letter of Recommendation for Ear Candling

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
September 27, 2016

No way am I ever going to put one in my ear. Call me prejudiced… in favor of science and reality.

Fifteen Minutes of Skepticism: The Sunday Papers, An interview with Jay Diamond

Fifteen Minutes of Skepticism: The Sunday Papers, An interview with Jay Diamond

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
September 27, 2016

I went on a journey from the worst shape of my life to vastly exceeding my fitness goals and had to wade through mounds of questionable claims to understand which claims were valid.

Alabama School Panic: Is ‘Clown Lockdown’ the New Normal?

Alabama School Panic: Is ‘Clown Lockdown’ the New Normal?

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
September 22, 2016

Any other time reports of threatening clowns would likely have been ignored or dismissed, but these copycat clown incidents come at a time when very real terroristic threats and school shootings are in the news.

From TAM to CSICon: An Interview with Ray Hall and Katie Dyer

From TAM to CSICon: An Interview with Ray Hall and Katie Dyer

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
September 22, 2016

Ray and I have started evaluating the effects of educational interventions on pseudoscience belief. This interest seems shared by skeptics who wonder how to educate others, whether formally or informally.

Return of the Grief Vampire Tyler Henry

Return of the Grief Vampire Tyler Henry

by Susan Gerbic
Guerrilla Skepticism
September 20, 2016

Tyler Henry’s skill lies in his ability to nod in agreement to every statement as if he already knew that. His repertoire of facial expressions is wonderfully entertaining.

Scoping the Sciences

Scoping the Sciences

by LaRae Meadows
September 16, 2016

Scientists and their champions are leveraging Periscope as a tool for making the ravine between scientific ignorance and scientific knowledge narrower in an effort to improve public understanding.

The Challenges of Science Communication: An Interview with Kevin Folta

The Challenges of Science Communication: An Interview with Kevin Folta

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
September 15, 2016

People don’t understand that genetic engineering can provide tremendous solutions to contemporary problems and help people and the environment. The average citizen needs to realize that we spend tons of public money to solve problems

“That Doesn’t Mean It Really Happened”: An Interview with Elizabeth Loftus

“That Doesn’t Mean It Really Happened”: An Interview with Elizabeth Loftus

by Carrie Poppy
Online Extras
September 8, 2016

This kind of work can help us appreciate a lot of the things that the skeptic community cares about. How is it people think that they saw UFOs? How is it that people can think they were abducted by aliens? Or, how is it that people see Jesus in toast?

Consensus: Could Two Hundred Scientists Be Wrong?

Consensus: Could Two Hundred Scientists Be Wrong?

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
September 2, 2016

Scientists have a unique and important role in the public dialogue. They are trusted—or should be—to have special skills of analysis achieved after long study and practice. There are many important social issues to which scientists can and should contribute. Unfortunately, when it comes to evolution, climate change, and the benefits of vaccination, scientists are too often ignored.

Skeptics Can Be Conned Too: An Interview with Maria Konnikova

Skeptics Can Be Conned Too: An Interview with Maria Konnikova

by Carrie Poppy
Online Extras
September 2, 2016

I think I’m fighting against overconfidence, right? This belief that all you need to do is be cynical and skeptical to avoid being conned… And what I say to that, and this is a point that I may or may not make in my actual talk, is that con artists get conned all the time—the best con artists in the world!

Cuando los escépticos alimentamos al monstruo

Cuando los escépticos alimentamos al monstruo

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
September 2, 2016

Si no es algo nuevo, ¿por qué resulta preocupante lo que pasa en el programa de televisión del que hablo? Ir a un programa de radio y televisión hoy es otra cosa y más cuando es de sobra conocido que se trata de un espacio dedicado al misterio.

A ‘Nickell’ for Your Thoughts: A Conversation with Joe Nickell

A ‘Nickell’ for Your Thoughts: A Conversation with Joe Nickell

by Timothy Binga
Online Extras
August 29, 2016

What, in a given instance, causes people to think they are experiencing spirits? The debunkers—with their smarter-than-them attitude—speak only to their fellow doubters. They would apparently rather be right than effective.

New Superfoods: Kakadu Plums and Cockroach Milk

New Superfoods: Kakadu Plums and Cockroach Milk

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
August 26, 2016

“Put simply, it is magic!” In my opinion, the only thing magical about it is the magical thinking required to believe the claims for it.

El “Detector de mentiras”: gran ejemplo de ciencia chatarra

El “Detector de mentiras”: gran ejemplo de ciencia chatarra

by Morton E. Tavel, traducido por Alexandro Borgo
Online Extras
August 25, 2016

¿Cuántas veces se probó que era falsa la “detección de mentiras por una máquina”?

Life as We Know It: An Interview with Jill Tarter

Life as We Know It: An Interview with Jill Tarter

by Leonard Tramiel
August 23, 2016

So the sorts of “weird life” considered by the NAS in their 2007 report “The Limits of Organic Life in Planetary Systems” could in fact exist on Earth today or on distant real estate orbiting other stars. Now that we know that real estate is there, extremophiles suggest we should investigate worlds unlike Earth as well as looking for Earth 2.0.

Finding a Powerful (and Skeptical) Voice—Speaking Out with Tara Moss

Finding a Powerful (and Skeptical) Voice—Speaking Out with Tara Moss

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
August 22, 2016

Tara Moss is an author, journalist, TV presenter, and an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. Since 1999, she has written eleven bestselling books, which have been published in nineteen countries and thirteen languages.

Michael Mann and the Climate Wars

Michael Mann and the Climate Wars

by Mark Boslough
Online Extras
August 17, 2016

Not only can we teach young scientists how to function in the increasingly hostile environment they may find themselves, we must teach them to do so.

Thanks to CFI: Children can dream big again and humanism spread across Africa!

Thanks to CFI: Children can dream big again and humanism spread across Africa!

by George Ongere
August 16, 2016

Setting up the Humanist Orphan Center was a response to irrationality, to empower abandoned children, and to educate the community about HIV/AIDS.

Michael Phelps y sus moratones

Michael Phelps y sus moratones

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
August 9, 2016

El ‘cupping’ es una de las pseudoterapias más estúpidas. Forma parte de la llamada medicina tradicional china y, según el Papiro Ebers, uno de los tratados médicos más antiguos, se practicaba ya en Egipto hace unos 3.500 años.

Keeping Up with Paul Offit

Keeping Up with Paul Offit

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
August 9, 2016

Every year before the measles vaccine was first introduced in 1963, about 50,000 people, mostly previously healthy children, would be hospitalized with the disease and 500 would die. Sadly, I think it is going to take some of these diseases coming back to some extent in order for us to realize their importance. Vaccines have been a victim of their own success.

Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower

by Andrew Fraknoi
August 9, 2016

The Perseid meteors are cosmic “garbage” left over from a regularly returning comet, called Swift-Tuttle (after the two astronomers who first discovered it). The comet itself returns to the inner solar system every 130 years or so; it was last here in 1992.

Dream Meditation Is a Bit of a Snore

Dream Meditation Is a Bit of a Snore

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
August 8, 2016

Whatever Dream Reality Cinema is offering me, it isn’t science. It is a pleasant experience—the first time, anyway—but a costly one.

Stringing Us Along?

Stringing Us Along?

by Grant Ritchey
August 5, 2016

So when someone asks me “Does flossing work?”, my response is “It doesn’t not work.”

Cancer Miracle Mongering by City of Hope

Cancer Miracle Mongering by City of Hope

by William M. London
Renegades & Rascals
August 2, 2016

While I recognize that City of Hope offers cutting-edge cancer treatments and is a leader in making significant multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary scientific research advances, to claim that it works miracles is disgraceful hype.

Armed with a Misinformation Radar: Interview with Kavin Senapathy

Armed with a Misinformation Radar: Interview with Kavin Senapathy

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
August 2, 2016

For me, it’s all about opposing injustice, and sometimes that requires targeting religion, and sometimes it requires fighting anti-science interests—they’re all forms of fundamentalism when you peel back a few layers.

Giving Nootropics a New Try

Giving Nootropics a New Try

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
July 29, 2016

Nootropics, by definition, certainly exist. But when we talk about nootropics anecdotally, we often mean something else: drugs that exist on the fringe, not yet completely acknowledged by science, or outright sidelined by it.

A Conversation with George Hrab

A Conversation with George Hrab

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
July 28, 2016

George Hrab is a professional musician, author, and popular podcaster. The Geologic podcast is an intersection between music and scientific skepticism. George will also be our emcee at CSICon this year.

A Conversation with the SkepDoc

A Conversation with the SkepDoc

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
July 25, 2016

There have been anti-vaccine protests as long as there have been vaccines. And there have been doctor-bashers as long as there have been doctors. Before we had science-based medicine, all we had was “alternative” medicine: folk medicine and superstition. It’s sad that people are encouraging each other to return to that pre-scientific world.

Kitty Genovese: Revising the Parable of the Bad Samaritan

Kitty Genovese: Revising the Parable of the Bad Samaritan

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
July 21, 2016

The Kitty Genovese case became a troubling symbol of bystander apathy in the United States. According to the Times report, thirty-seven people witnessed Genovese being stabbed to death in three separate attacks over a period of thirty minutes, and none of them called the police or attempted to intervene.

The Man Behind the Makeup: An Interview with Captain Disillusion

The Man Behind the Makeup: An Interview with Captain Disillusion

by Susan Gerbic
Guerrilla Skepticism
July 18, 2016

Captain D’s catch phrase is “Love with your heart: use your brain for everything else.” I think it’s about time the community learned more about the man behind the makeup.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Do They Really Work?

Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Do They Really Work?

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
July 13, 2016

People want to believe in G/C, and they can easily find reasons to disregard the evidence. Hope springs eternal.

La “Física” de Deepak Chopra

La “Física” de Deepak Chopra

by Sadri Hassani, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Online Extras
July 12, 2016