Human ingenuity is endless. People are always looking for the next secret that will improve their health and appearance.
Have you ever wondered why people attend CSICon, and what they thought of it? In this article, five first-time attendees give us some insight into those very questions.
Janyce Boynton is a Maine collage artist who sells her work through her website and at local shows.
According to the story, “bones found in a Long Island basement were discovered after a family consulted a psychic and paranormal investigators.
In part 2 of this interview, we discuss the legacy of Perry DeAngelis, some Skeptics’ Guide segments including Jay’s all time favorite “Who’s That Noisy?”, and the Novella brothers’ science fiction review show Alpha Quadrant 6.
KGW8 in Oregon City reported on a spooky video from a local marijuana shop, Five Zero Trees.
For the two weeks I was listening to it during my daily commute, I couldn’t wait to get back in the car every weekday to pick up where I left off.
As skeptics, we know the logical fallacies and flaws in thinking that lead to superstitious belief, and we decry those faults when we see them in others.
Jay discussed the podcast and first SGU book.
There is an app for just about everything, including adding ghosts to your photographs.
Promoters of pseudoscience often use technical words, so they sound smart or highly knowledgeable, even when the word usage is incorrect.
If you know anyone who loves podcasts, you’ll know they’re always keen to recommend what the next big thing will be
Alternative therapies in the Brazilian Unified Health System will be the first target of the new institute in defense of scientific evidence
Psychiatry is arguably the least science-based of all the medical specialties. There are no objective blood tests or imaging studies to diagnose mental illness, medications are often not very effective and have bad side effects, and it’s hard to do good controlled studies on talk therapies. No wonder people are skeptical.
Americans have misconceptions about a great many things and a demonstrable blindness to social problems facing Native Americans and others, but misinformation isn’t helpful.
An Interview with Deborah Hyde, Vampire Expert
Skeptic Tim Farley has produced an excellent website called “What’s the Harm?,” which catalogs tangible negative consequences from belief in pseudoscience.
The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate is the ubiquitous herbicide (and crop desiccant) mired in a weighty controversy.
Be Reasonable is a monthly podcast that Michael started in January 2013. It is a reasoned discussion with people who are outside what we would call the scientific world.
La práctica que consiste en administrar aceites esenciales (o perfumados) derivados de las plantas, mediante la inhalación de vapores, o mediante la ingestión de una supuesta energía de curación, usualmente es conocida como aromaterapia.
In May 2018, I spent the night at the White Hill Mansion in Fieldsboro, New Jersey.
What was “The Well-Known Skeptic” supposed to do?
Things took a turn from the political to the surreal with conspiracy rumors that a lawyer sitting behind Brett Kavanaugh was caught on camera flashing a white nationalism sign with the fingers of one hand.
An Interview with Sonya Pemberton
Investigating alleged ghost photographs and offering rational explanations for them has been a focus of mine for well over a decade.
Colorpuncture applies various colors of light to acupoints with a small flashlight-like instrument with a colored quartz rod.
Introducing you to two of my newest acquaintances who will be attending CSICon from Brazil
Adam will be speaking at CSICon on Sunday, October 21, at 9 am.I’m sharing the brief conversation I had with him.
Here is part 2 of my conversation with Nygaard.
An Interview with Massimo Polidoro
A simple offer to help unpack books at a TAM conference long ago has led to a second career as conference volunteer coordinator for CSICon. Scott and Susan Gerbic reminisce about some of their favorite TAM and CSICon conference moments.
Nygaard is a one-of-a-kind detective who specializes in bringing “psychic” con artists to justice.
Despite returning to its regular home at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, change was in the air for NECSS 2018.
Before I begin this review, a quick shout-out to the skeptic folk of New Zealand, who hosted a very fine (although a little shaky post-earthquake) conference in Wellington back in 2013.
The practice of administering plant-derived essential oils on the skin, via inhalation of vapors, or internally via ingestion for supposed healing power is commonly called aromatherapy.
The Qanon conspiracy theory is both an old and new conspiracy theory.
Susan Gerbic Interviews CSICon and Halloween Enthusiast, Mitchell Lampert
Twenty years ago, it looked like facilitated communication (FC), a popular pseudoscientific treatment for autism, was dead.
Today’s anti-vaccine arguments echo the same words that were used in 1887.
An Interview with Abby Hafer
The car crashes are typical of what can be viewed in hundreds (if not thousands) of videos on YouTube, collected from traffic cameras and dash cams from all over the world.
An Interview with Timothy Caulfield
On June 10, yours truly—someone who had never done a presentation anywhere as a skeptic with a capital “S”—was the very first speaker at the very first New York City Skeptics’ SpeedyCamp. So, of course I have absolutely no choice but to report on this event right here and now in my new column.
Educators often pay lip service to the idea of teaching “critical thinking.” But, when asked to define critical thinking, answers are often weak and ambiguous.
The first major paranormal case I took a closer look at was a well-known haunted house called Whispers Estate, located in Mitchell, Indiana.
The range of conditions classified as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is thought to affect 1-3% of the population.
An Interview with Dr. Anna Zakrisson
An unexplained distortion of time and space—or catalogue of simple errors and a misunderstanding of how science works?
The film spawned several sequels as well as dozens of conspiracy theories.
Who would’ve thought after all this cancer research, moss was the answer!
The range of conditions classified as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is thought to affect 1-3% of the population.
Science, although fallible, is the great reality detector.
An Interview with Richard Saunders of The Skeptic Zone
An Interview with Daniel Midgley
Susan Gerbic sits down with CSICon18 speaker Kavin Senapathy
Skeptics are likely already familiar with homeopathic products being sold in pharmacies.
The headlines say things like, “Best Non-Toxic Cookware Options: Don’t Let Your Cookware Kill You” and “Cookware is a scary toxic minefield.”
If you have been paying attention for the past couple of years, you are aware of two unfortunate trends.
CSICon Workshop Facilitator Bill London
Words, especially those used as labels, are tricky things.
Susan interviews Annika Merkelbach about this year’s SkepKon
Skeptics typically work hard to reassure the public that their fears of many things are exaggerated or outright fabricated.
Hundreds of bizarre health claims such as “tonifies kidney essence” and “opens body orifices” could appear on complementary medicine labels under new laws being pushed by the Australian federal government.
A Conversation with Carl Zimmer
A conversation with Craig Foster
I was lucky that I eventually stumbled upon a copy of Skeptical Inquirer in my school’s library, and it was that event that put me on the path to rationality.
Troy Campbell is an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Oregon, a design psychologist, and a former Disney Imagineer.
Many years ago, before the internet was even a glimmer in the eye of Al Gore, I found a copy of Skeptical Inquirer Magazine.
Demon House is a documentary by Zak Bagans, best known for his Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures.
The Susan Gerbic tour continues in New Mexico
One of the most noteworthy aspects of belief in astrology is that it is more often embraced by liberals, which places it in the company of the anti-GMO and anti-vaccination movements (Vyse 2015).
If a missing part of the heart was actually regenerated by ASEA, it would have been trumpeted in the headlines and someone would be in line for a Nobel Prize.
An Interview with James Alcock for CSICon 2018
La periodista Annie Jacobsen propone en un libro sobre el Área 51 una nueva descabellada versión del más famoso caso de ovni estrellado
“Whatever this was had, literally, leaped across the entire road. It was about six feet tall. Like a light-colored hair, like a deer, but I’m like it certainly wasn’t a deer because it had its legs splayed and it almost looked like a ballerina leaping across the road.”
A Conversation with Joseph Uscinski
You may have seen headlines about a recent study at Arizona State University that found, among other things, that college men think they’re smarter than women.
An Interview with CSICon 2018 Speaker Kenny Biddle
Shaha was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London; as a parent, teacher, science writer, and filmmaker, he has spent most of his professional life trying to share his passion for science and education with the public.
One of the joys of attending skeptic conferences such as CSICon is introducing new people to the community and seeing them spark when they meet more people and then become more involved in the getting work done.
Several British tabloids and paranormal-themed websites have reported that a ghostly black monk has appeared in a photograph taken by Jon Wickes during a visit to Eynsford Castle in Kent.
Why should we care, she is just another celebrity known for hyping other celebrities right? Wrong.
When I travel I look for forgotten museums and historical sites. I quickly look to see if there might be a Wikipedia page that photo can go on and snap away. Upload the image and then give it to a new person to add to the Wikipedia page. It is very rewarding.
People in Indonesia lie down on the tracks with their head on one rail and their legs on another. When a train comes, they get up and move away; after it passes, they lie down again.
Those engaging in lotus birth often keep the placenta in a pouch or a bowl to dry, with salt and optional dried herbs and essentials oils to aid in the drying process and to mask the odor of the decomposing placenta.
A claim against the paranormal through controlled tests
A recap of the 2018 Fort Collins Skepticamp
So many people do so much great work researching, investigating, and compiling the best evidence for or against an unlikely claim—and yet it rarely reaches the people it really needs to.
If you are a consumer who wants to learn about healthy eating, you will find less and less of the information you need at the USDA.
The issue is not terribly complicated, but it is nuanced and often counter-intuitive.
One of best parts of our community is the short lectures told by people who generally aren’t known as main speakers.
In addition to colorfully describing quackeries I was already aware of, the book covers many that were new, along with providing obscure facts and tidbits about celebrities.
Psychics are out to fool you. Yep, and they are good at it too.
Susan Gerbic’s local group, Monterey County Skeptics (MCS), has just completed its fourth SkeptiCamp, held January 6, 2018 in Seaside, California.
Kenny Biddle debunks this “work of fiction” as seen on Amazon Prime.
Un libro desmonta las fantasías de los ufólogos que durante décadas han presentado el archipiélago como un puesto avanzado de los extraterrestres
Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she’d never had cancer.
Michael Shermer’s book, Heavens on Earth, details how the awareness of our mortality and failings has led to beliefs in heaven and hell, in afterlives and resurrections both spiritual and physical, in utopias and dystopias, in progress and decline, and in the perfectibility and fallibility of human nature.
The reaction to the latest school shooting in Florida suggests that Americans are anything but numb or indifferent to the violence.