The New York Times has an article about Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, a prominent Indian skeptic who was murdered last week. The identity and motives of the murderers is not yet known, but the Times notes that Dabholkar had a long list of enemies because he routinely debunked the tall tales and myths that gave them …
Category Archive: Skepticism
Aug 29 2013
Aug 22 2013
Doubtful News reports that Heel, Inc., a company that makes homeopathic “remedies” with outlandish and unsupported claims of their effectiveness, has agreed to pay a measly $1 million fine for exaggerated and false claims about its products.
Aug 08 2013
Kelly Wright, a Fox News reporter, has a column on their website yelling “it’s a miracle, it’s a miracle!” after a woman manages to survive a plunge into the Chesapeake Bay in her car. And to show how serious his arguments are, he begins by quoting noted philosopher John Bon Jovi.
Jul 29 2013
In case you needed another reminder that “psychics” are total bollocks, take a look at this press release sent out by Psychic Source, which bills itself as “the nation’s oldest and most respected psychic service,” on July 11. By a nearly 2-1 margin, their “psychics” predicted that the royal baby would be a girl.
Jul 29 2013
This seems to be a trend lately, where law enforcement are cracking down on fake “psychics” defrauding the credulous. This time it’s in Florida, where a woman is in jail for allegedly scamming more than $800,000 from a client over the course of many years.
Jul 24 2013
For those who did not get to see the panel on critical thinking that I moderated on Friday night with Julia Galef, Dan Fincke and Jeremy Beahan, I’ll post the video below. I thought it went very well, though I wish we had scheduled it for two hours instead of one. There was so much …
Jul 17 2013
Psychic Char Margolis went on WGN News claiming to “communicate with the spirit world” and had an epic failure trying to do a standard cold reading on one of the anchors. She tries all the usual crap, throwing a whole bunch of vague stuff at the wall — “anyone with an M or a J?” …
Jul 11 2013
Mark Edward, who has probably done more to debunk fake “psychics” and reveal them as the frauds they are than anyone other than James Randi, writes about his experiences with a National Geographic show that insisted that he say that even fake psychics can be good for people. They actually sent him an email with …
Jul 08 2013
Police in Long Island, New York have arrested a “psychic” on two counts of grand larceny for telling a woman that she would lift a “curse” she had on her for the low, low price of only $5000 in cash. But the money wasn’t for her, she was going to bury it.
Jul 08 2013
A government agency in Scotland has struck a blow for rationality by prohibiting a homeopathic group from making certain claims on their website that are not supported by scientific evidence. This is a few months old, but I totally missed it at the time.
Jun 29 2013
I’m moderating a panel discussion at FTBConscience on critical thinking with Jeremy Beahan, Dan Fincke and — I hope — Julia Galef. This video demonstrates why I want her to be there. She points out that it’s not enough to be able to recognize logical fallacies if you aren’t willing to sublimate your ego, admit …
Jun 20 2013
You may have read about the woman in Seattle who decided to find out if she could live without food, subsisting only on water, tea and sunshine. The predictable answer: No, you can’t. So she’s ending the “experiment.” But she’s still demonstrating the complete lack of rationality that led her to try it in the …
Jun 19 2013
Uri Geller, the spoon-bending “psychic” con man from Israel, is now claiming to have been a CIA agent during the Cold War, helping the CIA counter the Soviet Union’s non-existent ability to use their minds in warfare. And apparently there’s a whole new documentary about it.
Jun 17 2013
A “psychic” in Texas who went to law enforcement authorities and told them that she was sure a local couple had a mass grave full of dismembered bodies of people they’d killed has been ordered to pay nearly $7 million in damages to that couple. Insert the obvious “she should have seen this coming” joke …