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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Special Report
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
Online Extras
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
Online Extras
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
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
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
Online Extras
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
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
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
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

Las ilusiones de la memoria

Las ilusiones de la memoria

by Elizabeth Loftus, Translated by Alejandro Borgo
Online Extras
July 12, 2016

Cuando comencé mi trabajo sobre las ilusiones de la memoria no me imaginaba que se iba a transformar en un tema tan relevante socialmente y tan políticamente explosivo.

Hot Drinks

Hot Drinks

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
July 7, 2016

The question remains: If I get a coffee at my local takeout or make tea from my kettle is it typically hot enough to raise my cancer risk?

Report From SkeptiCal, the Northern California Science and Skepticism Conference

Report From SkeptiCal, the Northern California Science and Skepticism Conference

by Susan Gerbic
June 27, 2016

I attend as many skeptic conferences as I can, and each one has its own “flavor” and style. SkeptiCal differs from others by being a no-frills event, but without you noticing that those frills are missing.

Genius Java: Memory Boosting Coffee

Genius Java: Memory Boosting Coffee

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
June 23, 2016

In one sense it might actually make you smarter: if you can understand why its claims are questionable and can apply those lessons to other marketing claims.

Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work—Interview with Kat Arney

Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work—Interview with Kat Arney

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
June 22, 2016

A look at the history, influence, mysteries, and misconceptions about the field of genetics.

Is the Scientology Personality Test Scientific?

Is the Scientology Personality Test Scientific?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
June 17, 2016

We just wanted to see whether the OCA would give us any special insight that other personality tests, such as the famed Myers Briggs Type Indicator, didn’t offer… As we explained that we were there to take the personality test, voluntarily, rather than being prompted on the street, her eyes grew wider.

Attack of the 12-Foot Rats: Why Bad Math Runs Rampant

Attack of the 12-Foot Rats: Why Bad Math Runs Rampant

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
June 15, 2016

Another reason why we don’t fact-check math: there’s a tendency to ascribe truthiness to a claim with numbers in it.

Fate: Inventing Reasons for the Things that Happen

Fate: Inventing Reasons for the Things that Happen

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
June 10, 2016

You might guess there wouldn’t be much psychological research on belief in fate, destiny, or purpose, but you’d be wrong.

Isabela

Isabela

by Susan Gerbic
June 9, 2016

This is a story about the wonder of science and the power of connection.

Skepticism at the Center:  Event Report of NECSS 2016

Skepticism at the Center:  Event Report of NECSS 2016

by Russ Dobler
Special Report
June 8, 2016

“It’s why the skeptics’ movement was founded—to tackle the issues people think important but that mainstream science considers too ridiculous to bother with.”

The CAMphora: Health in a Jar

The CAMphora: Health in a Jar

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
May 18, 2016

My flabber was thoroughly gasted. Apparently you sit in the jar and put water and maybe Chinese herbs into it and it is connected to 220-volt electricity.

Notable Articles about the Creation of CSICOP and Skeptical Inquirer

Notable Articles about the Creation of CSICOP and Skeptical Inquirer

by Timothy Binga
May 17, 2016

A collection of early articles about CSICOP, compiled for our readers.

“Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories”  a review by Robert Blaskiewicz.

“Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories”  a review by Robert Blaskiewicz.

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
May 16, 2016

Whereas Barkun looks at the history and development of specific conspiracist narratives, Brotherton focuses on why such narratives arise in the first place and looks to psychology for those answers.

From Pop-Sci to Puppets - Quest For Wonder

From Pop-Sci to Puppets - Quest For Wonder

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
May 5, 2016

Can puppetry encourage a love of science?

Online Harassment: Citation Needed

Online Harassment: Citation Needed

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
May 3, 2016

No study is perfect, and any study will face its limitations. This is why we rely on reporters to analyze and accurately report on research, going beneath the headlines and press releases.

Syracuse, Apple, and Autism Pseudoscience

Syracuse, Apple, and Autism Pseudoscience

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
April 28, 2016

April is Autism Acceptance Month, and as it turns out it is the occasion for Apple Inc. to align itself with pseudoscience.

“Career” on Exorcism in Argentina

“Career” on Exorcism in Argentina

by Alejandro Borgo
April 26, 2016

Do you think that you are not going to be surprised taking a look at the paranormal world? You're probably wrong!

Una versión en español también está disponible

10 Astounding Moments in a Creationist Textbook: Revisting Of Pandas and People

10 Astounding Moments in a Creationist Textbook: Revisting Of Pandas and People

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
April 25, 2016

There’s a tricky thing about science. If you base your theory on gaps in scientific knowledge, your theory will only last until science closes those gaps.

The Clown in the Graveyard

The Clown in the Graveyard

by Mark Edward
April 20, 2016

As a so-called “psychic,” you can’t repeat the same readings over and over or fall back on old lines and platitudes. You have to seem fresh and appear to be picking up rapid-fire thoughts on a very personal basis. It has to look spontaneous.

The Truth About Cancer

The Truth About Cancer

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
April 20, 2016

I actually find it flattering when someone attacks me so stupidly. It means what I wrote was so accurate that they were unable to find anything they could legitimately criticize.

The Woman Who Took On Popoff: The Hidden Story of Crystal Sanchez, the Peter Popoff Whistleblower

The Woman Who Took On Popoff: The Hidden Story of Crystal Sanchez, the Peter Popoff Whistleblower

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
April 18, 2016

Peter Popoff says he's a healer and a prophet of God. His former employee says he's something quite different.

Tip the Canoe of Tyler Too!

Tip the Canoe of Tyler Too!

by Susan Gerbic and Mark Edward
April 14, 2016

Operation Tater Tot is a project I and others are working on to educate television viewers about the alleged accuracy and endorsements from celebrities of Tyler Henry on the E! Network.

David Helfand: On Evidence and Climate Science

David Helfand: On Evidence and Climate Science

by Derek C. Araujo
April 7, 2016

Any attempt to address climate change, we are told, plays into the hands of an inexplicably vast and powerful network of conspiratorial climatologists. Lost somewhere in the mix is the science that should inform and largely settle the discussion.

The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really Up To

The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really Up To

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
April 5, 2016

If you're on a beach drinking delicious cocktails on your four week holiday, that's a very nice sensation. You see someone walk past with a broken leg then you might think, 'Poor thing,' but you won't give up your holiday to go and help them.

I Like Pi

I Like Pi

by Susan Gerbic
March 31, 2016

It's a commonly known fact that skeptics are nerds, so we might as well embrace it and use it to our advantage.

Uninformed Consumers Are Treating Their Flu Symptoms with Muscovy Duck Offal (Minus the Duck)

Uninformed Consumers Are Treating Their Flu Symptoms with Muscovy Duck Offal (Minus the Duck)

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
March 23, 2016

Why on Earth do people buy a medicine with no medicine in it? The back of the box clearly says “Active ingredient Anas barbariae, 200 CK HPUS.” I suspect most customers don’t bother to read that, and if they do, they don’t know what it means.

Quack Busters’ Leader William Jarvis Dies at Eighty

Quack Busters’ Leader William Jarvis Dies at Eighty

by William M. London
Renegades & Rascals
March 22, 2016

Bill emphasized that quackery (also called health fraud) is not merely the use of false and unproven medical procedures. The key is their deceptive promotion in the marketplace as “alternatives” or “complements” to standard medicine—whether the deception is deliberate or done without adequate knowledge or understanding.

Malos tiempos para la homeopatía en España

Malos tiempos para la homeopatía en España

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
March 18, 2016

El 2 de marzo, la Universidad de Barcelona anunció la supresión de su máster en homeopatía, que ofrecía desde mediados de los años 90, porque 'no hay una evidencia científica clara'.

A Skeptic’s Woe over Margaret Cho

A Skeptic’s Woe over Margaret Cho

by Susan Gerbic
March 17, 2016

Being an atheist does not by default make you a skeptic. And the reverse is also true; being a skeptic does not make you an atheist.

Five Things I Learned Writing about Stanislaw Burzynski

Five Things I Learned Writing about Stanislaw Burzynski

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
March 10, 2016

“Newsweek published my feature about the cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski, who’s facing potential license revocation... And I got a reminder of how hard it is to write about controversial health issues.”

Good News for Grouches: Happiness is Overrated

Good News for Grouches: Happiness is Overrated

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
March 7, 2016

The pursuit of happiness is one of the inalienable rights established in the Declaration of Independence, and in recent decades an enormous happiness industry has risen up to help you succeed in your personal pursuit.