There’s a new book out by an ecologist that claims that humans were placed here on earth by aliens, perhaps using earth as a penal colony. But he has proof! Hard evidence! What evidence? Oh, you’re gonna love this. We get sunburned. And bad backs. And alien origin is the only explanation.
Category Archive: Skepticism
Nov 19 2013
Nov 19 2013
This is the latest in a series of high profile criminal cases being brought against “psychics” for fraud. A con woman from Manhattan has been sentenced to five to fifteen years in prison, which was actually longer than the prosecutors had requested.
Nov 14 2013
Carrie Poppy tells the story (well, begins to…this is only part one) of her attendance at a Raelian Happiness Academy, a five-day gathering of people being initiated into the weird UFO cult of Raelianism. There is apparently some kinky group sex involved, though they seem to have missed out on most of it:
Nov 05 2013
WGNO, the local ABC affiliate in New Orleans, apparently doesn’t even try to uphold the appearance of doing actual journalism. The station, whose motto is “God bless Louisian,” has an “article” — infomercial, really — about a local “psychic” named Cari Roy without even a hint of skepticism or actual reporting.
Oct 27 2013
The term “schadenfreude” was created just for situations like this. A “psychic” network of “clairvoyant mediums” was punked when people took advantage of their offer of a free 5-minute reading by calling over and over again pretending to be different people.
Oct 25 2013
A bus driver in Scotland who thought he was psychic has been fired for refusing to pick up children at certain locations on his usual route because he had a premonition that something bad would happen if he did so. And he says he’s going to appeal that decision.
Oct 21 2013
Here’s the most unsurprising news you’ll ever read: Those Power Balance bracelets that are, or at least were, so popular do absolutely nothing for you. And the maker of them has apparently admitted that after they failed testing by an Australian skeptics organization.
Oct 15 2013
One of the ways you can be quite certain that you’re dealing with some serious weapons-grade bullshit when it comes to medicine is when you hear phrases like “positive energy” and “restoring balance.” Christopher Wanjek takes a skeptical look at one of those “healing” techniques that utilizes such meaningless twaddle, crystal therapy.
Oct 13 2013
Fake psychic con man Uri Geller is apparently not getting enough attention these days (especially in the United States, where James Randi exposed him as a fraud decades ago) so he’s decided to order a statue of a gorilla made out of the spoons he so famously likes to bend.
Oct 01 2013
“Psychic” fraud Ruth Marks of Florida and New York was found guilty by a jury on 14 counts of fraud for bilking clients out of some $25 million. Those clients included best-selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux and dozens of others. Despite the fact that most other members of her family already pleaded guilty, they’re furious …
Sep 30 2013
Or perhaps to dummies would be more accurate. Olivia Newton-John called in a Catholic priest to exorcize a house she owns in Florida and is trying to sell. A contractor committed suicide there and apparently potential buyers, including Rosie O’Donnell, were being scared off the by the specter (see what I did there?) of ghosts …
Sep 21 2013
Despite being exiled from his home country of India because of blasphemy charges and the recent murder of one of his fellow skeptical activists, rationalist Sanal Edamaruku remains optimistic about the future of skepticism and rationalism in India.
Sep 21 2013
Slate has an article that says something I’ve been saying for years, that all those people out there searching for the lost city of Atlantis are wasting their time because there is no such place and there never was. It was written as a myth and stayed a myth for nearly 2000 years before people …
Sep 18 2013
Kyle Hill asks an interesting question in the Skeptical Inquirer: What if astrology were true? It wouldn’t just mean that more people would check their horoscope every day to find out what their fate is, it would have enormous implications for human nature and, especially, psychology and sociology.
Sep 18 2013
Dave Gorski reports the disturbing fact that the U.S. Senate has declared the second week of October to be Naturopathic Medicine Week in order to “recognize the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care.” His reaction: