I am so glad I got the hell out of ScienceBlogs when National Geographic bought the site. As if the pseudo-scientific crap on their cable channel wasn’t bad enough, now they’re flat out lying to kids. This is the cover of the latest issue of National Geographic for Kids:
Category Archive: Skepticism
Jan 29 2014
Jan 26 2014
I’ve made no secret of my utter loathing for the whole concept of motivational speaking, “life coaches” and the entire new agey, positive thinking racket. Here’s an example that practically makes my skin crawl, a con artists named MaryAnn D’Ambrosio, “Ph.D.” It’s a deck of cards that promises:
Jan 16 2014
I’ve written before about Rose Marks, the “psychic” who was convicted of fraud but has not yet been sentenced. Now her “top lieutenant” — her daughter — has been sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to repay $2.2 million in restitution.
Jan 12 2014
It’s a new year and that means a whole new set of yearly predictions from “psychics” that won’t come true at a rate above chance unless they’re so vague or obvious that anyone could predict them. Lamont Hamilton, who predicted that in 2013 Congress would pass comprehensive immigration reform, the UN would pass a global …
Jan 10 2014
The world knows now that the various woo-masters of the world were predictably taken in by a fancy crop circle shaped like a computer chip in Salinas, California. And yes, that should be embarrassing for them. But Ben Radford makes what I think is a very odd statement about it:
Jan 08 2014
A couple weeks ago a new crop circle — okay, more like a square — suddenly appeared in a field in Salinas, California. The citizens of Bullshitville (which I’m pretty sure is in New Mexico) immediately got all excited. Aliens! Evidence of Aliens! The Worldnetdaily fell for it hook, line and sinker, even presenting an …
Jan 08 2014
As he does every year, Pat Robertson went up to his mountaintop retreat and spoke to God, who gave him a long list of predictions for 2014. Of course, two years ago God allegedly told him that Mitt Romney would win the presidency. Hey Pat, were you lying then or was God?
Jan 07 2014
If there’s anything more ridiculous than having or being a “life coach” it would be having a “past life coach.” And that’s exactly what a massage therapist in Fargo, North Dakota has declared herself with the help of “North Dakota’s #1 news website.”
Jan 05 2014
There are a few handy buzzwords that almost always indicate that you’re dealing with pseudo-scientific bullshit (“all-natural,” “balance,” “energy,” “vibration,” etc). And whenever you see a product promising to “detoxify” your body, that should send up a red flag big enough to block out the sun, as Scott Gavura points out.
Jan 02 2014
A woman in Connecticut, coincidentally named Stacy Caputo (presumably no relation to the “Long Island Medium,” Teresa Caputo), says she gave $2 million to the “psychic” who falsely claimed that Lindsay Lohan had assaulted her in a nightclub.
Jan 01 2014
It’s always fun at the end of the year to look back at all the predictions made by “psychics” at the beginning of the year. Invariably, you find that almost none of them came true and the ones that did were either so obvious that anyone could have predicted it or so vague that something …
Dec 31 2013
WXYZ, an ABC affiliate in the Detroit area, did a story the day after Christmas that was nothing more than an informercial for a couple of con artists presenting themselves as “pet psychics.” The “reporter” who did the story brought her dog in for a reading and this was the result.
Dec 30 2013
Dr. Oz continues his descent into being a colossal fraud with a recent episode in which he brought on another quack doctor to do a brain scan on “psychic” con woman Teresa Caputo (the “Long Island Medium”) and “prove” that her “psychic” powers are real and true while she performs incredibly bad cold readings. Steven …
Dec 27 2013
We’ve seen a significant ramping up of criminal prosecutions of “psychics” for defrauding their clients, but now an attorney in Houston is suing a local “psychic” for fraud after spending $3200 to have the “psychic” align his chakras so he could find love. The “treatment” didn’t work.
Dec 16 2013
You may recall a few years ago when a Japanese “master” of “touchless karate” who claimed he could knock people down and prevent them from hurting him with the power of his mind got the crap kicked out of him by someone who didn’t buy his bullshit. Now there’s a Finnish guy pushing the same …