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Testosterone Rex

Testosterone Rex

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
September 19, 2017

Testosterone Rex: the familiar, plausible, pervasive, and powerful story of sex and society. Testosterone drives masculinity; it allegedly explains all those male/female differences.

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Evan Bernstein

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Evan Bernstein

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
September 18, 2017

Evan is the co-host of an award-winning podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and also a member of the executive board for The New England Skeptical Society. Get to know him here!

The One Where “Psychic” Tyler Henry Reads Alan Thicke

The One Where “Psychic” Tyler Henry Reads Alan Thicke

by Susan Gerbic
September 15, 2017

Is Hollywood Medium blaming Alan Thicke for not taking Tyler Henry’s reading seriously?

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Kavin Senapathy

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Kavin Senapathy

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
September 14, 2017

Kavin Senapathy will be speaking at CSICon Saturday, October 28 along with Natalie Newell at 11:00 a.m. She is a science communicator who lives in Madison, Wisconsin and writes for Forbes Magazine. Get to know her in this interview.

La Homeopatía es una farsa

La Homeopatía es una farsa

by Nick Little, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Special Report
September 13, 2017

La homeopatía es una farsa. Se ha demostrado a través de la investigación científica que los “remedios” homeopáticos son, como mucho, un placebo.

From CSICon Speakers James Alcock and Loren Pankratz: A Call for Essays

by James Alcock and Loren Pankratz
Special Report
September 12, 2017

The speakers are seeking essays about the personal experience of changing one’s mind because of meaningful new information or data, compelling argument, or defeated theory. Read for more information!

TIES Weekly Update – September 6, 2017

TIES Weekly Update – September 6, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
September 6, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

James Alcock - an Interview with Susan Gerbic

James Alcock - an Interview with Susan Gerbic

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
September 6, 2017

James Alcock is a professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is also a fellow and member of the Executive Council for the Committee for the Skeptical Inquirer and one of the original faculty lecturers with the Skeptic’s Toolbox.

TIES Weekly Update – September 1, 2017

TIES Weekly Update – September 1, 2017

by Bertha Vazquez
TIES
September 1, 2017

An update from the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science

Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search For Wellness—Interview with Brigid Delaney

Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search For Wellness—Interview with Brigid Delaney

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
August 31, 2017

Cold-pressed juices, quitting sugar, Paleo, hot yoga, mindfulness … if you embrace these things you will be happy, you will be well—just ask Instagram.

Robert Brotherton habla sobre las teorías conspirativas: “solo la punta del iceberg”

Robert Brotherton habla sobre las teorías conspirativas: “solo la punta del iceberg”

by Susan Gerbic, translated by Alejandro Borgo
CSICon
August 30, 2017

Rob Brotherton es autor y profesor en el Barnard College, ciudad de Nueva York, EE.UU. Tiene un doctorado proveniente de la Goldsmiths University of London; su tesis se refería a la psicología de las teorías conspirativas.

The Incorrigible Dr. Oz

The Incorrigible Dr. Oz

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
August 29, 2017

Oz has made a reputation for himself as the Television SuperDoctor, but don’t be fooled by his dramaticized remedies.

Moving Science’s Statistical Goalposts

Moving Science’s Statistical Goalposts

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
August 28, 2017

In 1989, Ralph Rosnow and Robert Rosenthal, two well-respected experts on statistical methods in psychology, wrote the following memorable line: “We want to underscore that, surely, God loves the .06 nearly as much as the .05”. For researchers in psychology, this was an amusing statement.

Puzzling World - NZ

Puzzling World - NZ

by Susan Gerbic
August 25, 2017

The world is turned inside out for Susan Gerbic, as she makes a visit to the Puzzling World, located in New Zealand

Enter the Skeptic Zone: An Interview with CSICon Speaker, Richard Saunders

Enter the Skeptic Zone: An Interview with CSICon Speaker, Richard Saunders

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
August 24, 2017

Richard Saunders is twice president of the Australian Skeptics, founder of the popular Sydney Skeptics in the Pub event, actor, and also a professional origamist.

Looking Back at the 2016 New Zealand Skeptics Conference

Looking Back at the 2016 New Zealand Skeptics Conference

by Susan Gerbic
August 24, 2017

Susan Gerbic re-caps her recent experiences in New Zealand at the Skeptics Conference.

This is Genetic Engineering 2.0!

This is Genetic Engineering 2.0!

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
August 14, 2017

Kevin Folta is a professor at the University of Florida and the chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department. He will be speaking at CSICon on Friday October 27.

Addressing the Fear-Based Narrative Around GMOs with Natalie Newell

Addressing the Fear-Based Narrative Around GMOs with Natalie Newell

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
August 8, 2017

Natalie Newell is the director and producer of the Science Moms documentary that will be shown at CSICon on Saturday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m.

The Ghost Behind You

The Ghost Behind You

by Essam Munir
Special Report
August 7, 2017

A neuroscientific exploration of feeling of a presence phenomenon

Kenny Biddle at CSICon: You Are Going to Love His Workshop!

Kenny Biddle at CSICon: You Are Going to Love His Workshop!

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
August 4, 2017

Kenny Biddle lives in Pennsylvania and was a paranormal investigator until he began questioning ghost photographs he and his peers kept shooting. He is a professional photographer, blogger, writer and science enthusiast. He will be speaking at CSICon 2017 Thursday, October 26.

El aristócrata que intentó engañar a Houdini

El aristócrata que intentó engañar a Houdini

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
August 3, 2017

Joaquín María Argamasilla cautivó hace cien años con su visión de rayos X a renombrados científicos españoles.

Robert Brotherton on Conspiracy Theories: “...just the tip of the iceberg.”

Robert Brotherton on Conspiracy Theories: “...just the tip of the iceberg.”

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
August 2, 2017

I got into conspiracy theories very early in my psychology career, while I was still an undergrad. Around that time I was getting into the skeptical movement, reading books such as Flim Flam and The Demon Haunted World, and it got me interested in the weird side of psychology – false memories, magical beliefs, and the like.

Homeopathy is a Sham

Homeopathy is a Sham

by Nicholas Little
Special Report
August 1, 2017

Homeopathy is a sham. Homeopathic “remedies” have been shown repeatedly by scientific research to be at best placebos.

The Age of Misinformation is More Global Than We Might Think

The Age of Misinformation is More Global Than We Might Think

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
July 31, 2017

Taner Edis is a professor of physics at Truman State University in Missouri. He is a Scientific and Technical Consultant for CSI and has written several books on religion and science. He will be speaking at CSICon 2017 at 9am on Saturday, October 28.

iDoubt: Critical Thinking and Skepticism in Africa in an Internet Age

by Leo Igwe
Special Report
July 28, 2017

The need for critical thinking in Africa cannot be overemphasized because some of the dark and destructive effects of dogma, superstition, and blind faith are most manifest is in this region.

Ancient Navajo Cure for Hearing Loss: A Lesson in Spotting Red Flags

Ancient Navajo Cure for Hearing Loss: A Lesson in Spotting Red Flags

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
July 27, 2017

I’ve been getting emails advertising a lost Navajo remedy that can cure deafness. Nearly 33,500 people have allegedly reversed their hearing loss in just two weeks with this 100 percent natural treatment.

The Bloody Work of “Naturopathic Doctors” with Britt Hermes

The Bloody Work of “Naturopathic Doctors” with Britt Hermes

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
July 25, 2017

So, I was one of these “naturopathic doctors.” I went to a school near Seattle named Bastyr University, which told prospective students that its curriculum was “just like” medical school.

Principles of Curiosity Review

Principles of Curiosity Review

by Susan Gerbic
Guerrilla Skepticism
July 24, 2017

Susan Gerbic Reviews a New Skeptoid Media Production, Principles of Curiosity

SkeptiCal 2017

SkeptiCal 2017

by Susan Gerbic
Special Report
July 20, 2017

Race, Pornography, Fake News, Eclipse, Brain Myths, Popular Assumptions, and the Magic of Science…

“We shall see if the spirits are willing” - Meet CSICon Speaker Mark Edward

“We shall see if the spirits are willing” - Meet CSICon Speaker Mark Edward

by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
July 19, 2017

Everyone will have the opportunity to learn how to cold read up close and personal and there may be some amazing other more experimental things that will happen.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Emmys: An Amelia Earhart Special (Non)Mystery Post-Mortem

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Emmys: An Amelia Earhart Special (Non)Mystery Post-Mortem

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
July 18, 2017

Going beyond the evidence is routinely seen on reality television…

NECSS 2017 Honors the Past While Looking Ahead

NECSS 2017 Honors the Past While Looking Ahead

by Russ Dobler
Special Report
July 17, 2017

Not even an “act of God” could keep a full day of Science-Based Medicine talks from kicking things off on Friday, June 30

UFOs Marathon: Seventy Years of Flying Saucers, Science, Myth, and Fiction

UFOs Marathon: Seventy Years of Flying Saucers, Science, Myth, and Fiction

by Alejandro Borgo, Carlos Domínguez, and Francisco Rinaldi
July 11, 2017

The event was supported—among others—by CFI Argentina and was entirely dedicated to flying saucers and on several subjects related to them.

The Xbox Kinect and Paranormal Investigation

The Xbox Kinect and Paranormal Investigation

by Kenny Biddle
Special Report
July 7, 2017

Sadly, the majority of gadgets that are being used by ghost hunting teams are about as useful as a car muffler in the shower. In other words, they are completely useless.

Eventually I’m going to piss off Tyler Henry

Eventually I’m going to piss off Tyler Henry

by Susan Gerbic
Guerrilla Skepticism
July 3, 2017

I have written extensively that from everything I have seen he is using cold-reading tactics.

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.