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National Down Syndrome Society Promotes Communication Pseudoscience

National Down Syndrome Society Promotes Communication Pseudoscience

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
January 16, 2019

As readers of this column will recall, FC is based on the theory that many people with profound language deficits suffer from a physical problem—an inability to produce the sounds for speech or the movements required for writing or typing—but are not cognitively impaired.

The Dibbuk Box

The Dibbuk Box

by Kenny Biddle
A Closer Look
January 14, 2019

As luck would have it, this is another one of the “Big Four” haunted objects in Zak Bagans Haunted Museum.

Squaring the Skeptic with Celestia Ward (Part 1)

Squaring the Skeptic with Celestia Ward (Part 1)

by Rob Palmer
The Well-Known Skeptic
January 14, 2019

Meet the multi-talented cohost of the Squaring the Strange podcast.

A Closer Look at the Bela Lugosi “Haunted” Mirror

A Closer Look at the Bela Lugosi “Haunted” Mirror

by Kenny Biddle
A Closer Look
January 10, 2019

In this column, we will be investigating the first of the “big four” cursed objects in Zak Bagans’s Haunted Museum (see the previous column): the Bela Lugosi cursed mirror.

D. Gary Young (1949–2018), Diploma Mill Naturopath and Promoter of Essential Oils

D. Gary Young (1949–2018), Diploma Mill Naturopath and Promoter of Essential Oils

by William M. London
Consumer Health
January 9, 2019

I believe a close look at Young’s activities can be illuminating for consumers who might be attracted to charismatic health gurus who base their teachings on alleged sources of knowledge from antiquity or tradition rather than on rigorously designed clinical research.

Drinking the Blood of Bats Is a Bad (and Batty) Idea

Drinking the Blood of Bats Is a Bad (and Batty) Idea

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
January 4, 2019

Now humans are turning the tables. They are drinking the blood of bats in the misguided belief that it has health benefits.

The Top 10 Woo of 2018 [Part II]

The Top 10 Woo of 2018 [Part II]

by Kavin Senapathy
Woo Watch
December 31, 2018

Kavin Senapathy reviews even more strange trends of 2018.

The Top 10 Woo of 2018 [Part I]

The Top 10 Woo of 2018 [Part I]

by Kavin Senapathy
Woo Watch
December 27, 2018

Kavin Senapathy reviews some strange trends of 2018.

The Not-So-Haunted Museum of Zak Bagans

The Not-So-Haunted Museum of Zak Bagans

by Kenny Biddle
A Closer Look
December 19, 2018

The website boasts that guests “will venture down creepy winding hallways and secret passages into more than 30 rooms that rival scenes from Hollywood horror films.

Like a Bad Penny: More Superstitions We Can’t Shake

Like a Bad Penny: More Superstitions We Can’t Shake

by Russ Dobler
The Thoughtful Conduit
December 17, 2018

We recently showed that we skeptics can have blind spots all year long, just like everyone else. So by popular demand, here is another gathering of the superstitions that still plague our otherwise rational minds.  Eat, drink, and be wary!

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