Category Archive: Skepticism

Oct 15 2013

Stephen Fry meets a ‘reparative therapist’

Gentle bemusement and delicate debunking ensues. The question I always want to ask these people is whether the reverse is possible: whether with the right psychological tinkering, they themselves could be switched from heterosexual to homosexual. They always seem to be so certain that their conventional sexuality is such an intrinsic and essentialist part of …

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Oct 15 2013

Good work, Minnesota talk radio

For once, I approve. Corey Cove, a talk radio host on KFAN in Minneapolis had that shameful and shameless psychic fraud, Chip Coffey on his show…and he shredded the kook. None of that Oprah/Larry King style simpering credulity, he just ridiculed his predictions and demanded that he back up his claims with evidence. Coffey was …

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Oct 10 2013

How can smart atheists be bamboozled by Joseph Atwill?

Atwill is this guy who claims to have evidence that Jesus wasn’t real: Christianity was a cunning product of a Roman imperial conspiracy, intentionally designed to placate those troublesome Jews, and he claims to have a Roman confession that he’ll reveal next week. I think a few too many atheists are seeing “Scholar Says Jesus …

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Oct 06 2013

Are we done with Bigfoot yet?

Yeah, I think it’s over. Ketchum’s group — you know, the one that collected possum hairs and sequenced random garbage and called it Bigfoot — now is airing a Bigfoot video, supposedly the best evidence yet. You be the judge. They spent half a million dollars gathering that, and they couldn’t even hand the camera …

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Sep 20 2013

Perpetual motion machines? How quaint

People are still trying to make machines that produce energy for free, so it’s still relevant. Steve Watson explains why one proposed machine fails.

Sep 15 2013

The SETI boondoggle

Here’s Seth Shostak pumping up SETI again, and now he’s predicting contact with aliens within 20 or 25 years, or by 2030. I don’t buy it for a minute, and I think his whole argument is ridiculous. As these guys always do, they have a small set of arguments. One is the argument from very …

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Sep 13 2013

Rebecca Watson will be on Atheists Talk

Tune in Sunday at 9am Central to Atheist Talk radio. This is a call-in show, and you can phone or email in questions and comments…so I need to warn Watson’s frothing, obsessive haters that input is carefully screened, so don’t waste your time.

Sep 13 2013

A vaccination survey

The survey on vaccination that’s being held up by DJ Grothe is not out yet, but there’s a preliminary summary that was made available. I learned something from even that one page summary: most anti-vaxxers actually do recognize that vaccination is protective, and their opposition is based on widespread misconceptions about side-effects and the evilness …

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Sep 10 2013

Oh, those secular ethics

In case you’re interested, DJ Grothe will be speaking at the Midwest Philosophy Colloquium on the University of Minnesota Morris campus next week. I can’t attend; it’s scheduled at the same time as one of our HHMI student research events. He’s speaking on secular ethics. By the way, of no possible relevance at all, I’m …

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Aug 31 2013

Magic Irish electro-water for sale

Tell me, do you think this announcement is at all credible? A GROUNDBREAKING new Irish technology which could be the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough is set to change the face of modern farming forever. That’s a rather…extravagant…claim. And published in the Irish Independent — I looked quite closely for a disclaimer that …

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