Category Archive: Skepticism

Jul 21 2014

WGN Anchor Hammers a ‘Psychic’

WGN anchor Larry Potash slammed a “psychic” who failed completely at a cold reading in the studio. When she offered to do a private reading for him, he said she did, “Awful! Not even close! I mean, if you’re going to sell yourself as a psychic, at least be good at it! It’s an old …

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Jul 05 2014

News Station Tells How to Avoid ‘Psychic Scammers’

WGCL, the CBS affiliate TV station in Atlanta, clearly wants to help its readers. To that end, they published an article on “how to avoid psychic scammers” in reference to a recent case there. I think the article pretty obviously misses the relevant facts.

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Jun 09 2014

Shocker: Long Island Medium a Fraud

I’m sure this will come as a huge shock, but it appears that Teresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium, might actually be a fraud. Radar Online has a report on some of the fans who went to her shows coming away disappointed and skeptical that she might not be telling the truth about her magical …

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May 27 2014

Does Irrationality Undermine Rationalism?

Greta Christina writes about one of the vexxing issues for those of us who advocate reason and rationality, the fact that the human brain is only partly capable of those things. We are more prone to rationalization than we are to rationality. So what does this mean for the fight for a more rational society?

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May 23 2014

Greatest. Psychic. Fail. Ever.

I love this story so much that it makes me giddy. A famous “psychic” in the UK proved herself to be a complete fraud in front of an audience full of people recently, claiming to be talking to the dead “spirit” of a woman when she was actually talking to the woman herself in the …

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Apr 28 2014

OB-GYN Defends Astrology. Badly.

Christiane Northrup is an OB-GYN who believes in astrology and self-help woo of all types. And in a post on her website, she attempts to defend her belief in astrology by tossing a tasty word salad full of catchphrases and illogical claims.

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Apr 22 2014

Is ‘Cell Block Psychic’ a New Low for ‘Psychics’ and TV?

Television these days is mostly a vast wasteland of stupidity but this new show may take the cake: Cell Block Psychic features “psychic” con artist Vicki Monroe talking with convicted murderers to put them in touch with the “spirits” of their victims.

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Apr 09 2014

Yes, Let’s Teach About Pseudoscience in Schools

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.

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Mar 27 2014

Homeopathy Maker Pulls Product for Containing Medicine

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.

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Mar 25 2014

CNN Asks ‘Psychic’ About Missing Plane

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.

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Mar 20 2014

Kevin Trudeau Gets 10 Years in Prison

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.

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Mar 18 2014

‘Psychic’ Fraud Geller to Help Find Malaysian Plane

“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.

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Mar 13 2014

The Wondrous Stories of Faith Healing

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.

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Mar 10 2014

The REAL Real Reason for the Ukraine Situation

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 …

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Mar 06 2014

‘Psychic’ Fraud Marks Gets 10 Years

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.

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