The Power behind Misinformation
“My work focuses on why and how bad ideas spread,” Angela Saini says in The Misinformation Virus, a BBC radio program she wrote and presented in December 2019. She sounds like a skeptic—one of us!—and indeed much of the program familiarly explores how people promote pseudoscience by cherry-picking and misinterpreting scientific research and revive old, …
… Because Grown-Ups Get Measles Too
For most of the past fifty-odd years, I’ve moved through life with the smugness of someone who has an inner superhero on call. I mean my immune system, which demonstrated its superiority early in my life by allowing me to skip the then-common childhood experiences of measles, mumps, chicken pox, and rubella (then commonly known …
An Improper Researcher
Chris French and I both know how we met—at a skeptical gathering—but neither of us remembers picky details like when. We know it must have been 1990ish, because he was one of the earliest subscribers to the UK’s The Skeptic, which I founded in 1987. In 2000, French took over editing the magazine in conjunction …
When Psychics Come Under Control of Organized Crime
A Deal with the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History. By Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken. New York: Atria Books. 2018. ISBN: 978-1-5011-6384-5. 304 pp. Hardcover, $26. In the 1990s, it was common to see ads in British magazines—chiefly aimed at women, if I remember correctly—for …
This goes to the heart of what, for me, skepticism is about: things we can test.
A Celebrity’s Experience in Scientology
In her new book, Troublemaker, written with Rebecca Paley, Remini interweaves stories of her personal and professional life with her history in and growing doubts about Scientology.
Clear and Fear: Scientology Under Review
We very likely have Katie Holmes to thank for the timing of this latest crop of books on Scientology, the belief system so notably promoted by her ex-husband, Tom Cruise. Yes, at least two of these authors have been researching their books for many years, but for promotional opportunities you can’t beat a good celebrity crack-up.