Ross Pomeroy has a great idea. He says we should incorporate discussions about how to spot pseudoscience into public school curricula in order to teach students how to distinguish between reality and nonsense and thus better equip them to understand the world. I could not agree more.
Category Archive: Skepticism
Apr 09 2014
Mar 27 2014
Okay, this story made me literally laugh out loud. Terra Medica, a company that makes homeopathic “remedies” (what they actually remedy is unclear), has recalled a bunch of its products because — gasp! — they might contain actual medicine. Clearly, that cannot be allowed.
Mar 25 2014
The Dr. Drew Pinsky show on CNN Headline News actually managed to be worse than it usually is when a guest host interviewed a “psychic” about the missing Malaysian plan. That “psychic” made the absolutely baffling claim that “psychics” must avoid “hard, concrete evidence” in order to do their job correctly.
Mar 20 2014
Kevin Trudeau, the con man who sold fake diets to people and made tens of millions of dollars doing it, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for criminal contempt for failing to comply with earlier punishments for the fraud he carried out on vast numbers of people.
Mar 18 2014
“Psychic” con man Uri Geller says he’s been called in to help find out what happened to the missing Malaysian plane. He’s using “remote viewing” — read: he’s pretending to be able to astral project around the planet — to figure out this mystery.
Mar 13 2014
I’ve always been fascinated by faith healing. It relies on such obviously transparent shams that it’s a bit astonishing to me that people believe it, but I know enough about human psychology to know why those shams work. The BBC has an article about the resurgence of faith healing.
Mar 10 2014
I know this is going to shock you, but the Republicans are wrong about Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. It isn’t because of Benghazi or the Keystone pipeline or Obama’s weakness or even voter fraud or Obamacare. It’s because of pyramids in Crimea built by aliens during the Jurassic period that may be a real-life stargate …
Mar 06 2014
Rose Marks, the matriarch of an entirely family of “psychic” con artists, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of many counts of fraud for bilking desperate people out of millions and millions of dollars. Insert the obligatory “she should have seen this coming” joke.
Mar 06 2014
Those of you who have been involved with organized skepticism for any significant length of time likely know about dowsing, an absurd bit of supernatural nonsense that says you can find water with two “divining rods” and a gut feeling. California farmers are so desperate for water due to the calamitous drought there that they’re …
Feb 27 2014
Carrie Poppy decided to do a little experiment to see just how shameless “psychics” can be. So she went on one of the most popular online “psychic” sites and asked a bunch of the con artists there if they could cure her cancer. Most of them said yes, but only if she pays for a …
Feb 21 2014
Skeptic magazine has a report on a John Edwards performance (and that’s exactly what it is) in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd of 2500 people who had paid $45 each to have him talk to their dead relatives. But the crowd included three skeptics, one a psychologist. They describe his transparent con job.
Feb 20 2014
Keith Bennett was murdered in 1964 but his body has never been found, but a group of “paranormal investigators” have been trying to help find him. The victim’s brother Alan is not happy about that and hasn’t been for a long time, calling them frauds who are of no help at all.
Feb 20 2014
Paul Fidalgo’s Morning Heresy is a must-read for me and Tuesday he introduced me to something I did not know existed, a homeopathic first aid kit. It’s being sold on Amazon and it’s so absurd that I have to wonder if it’s a joke. Or it could just be that the company sees a niche …
Feb 19 2014
Chris Mooney reports on a new survey that shows that a higher percentage of Americans believe that astrology is at least somewhat scientific than at any time in more than 30 years. That’s kind of depressing, don’t you think? It feels like a blow to scientific progress to me.
Feb 16 2014
Sharon Hill reports on a bizarre new “theory” from some Italian researchers that the Shroud of Turin may be real because there might have been an earthquake and that earthquake might have released neutrons and those neutrons might have been capable of creating such imprints. The Telegraph has the details: