Archive for the 'Skepticism'

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. Read more

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 to other worlds. Sharon Hill has the scoop. Read more

‘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. Read more

CA Farmers Turning to Dowsing

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 turning to dowsers for help. Read more

Psychics Will ‘Cure’ Cancer — For a Fee

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 private session, where presumably their magic powers are amplified. Read more