The Dibbuk Box
As luck would have it, this is another one of the “Big Four” haunted objects in Zak Bagans Haunted Museum.
Squaring the Skeptic with Celestia Ward (Part 1)
Meet the multi-talented cohost of the Squaring the Strange podcast.
A Closer Look at the Bela Lugosi “Haunted” Mirror
In this column, we will be investigating the first of the “big four” cursed objects in Zak Bagans’s Haunted Museum (see the previous column): the Bela Lugosi cursed mirror.
D. Gary Young (1949–2018), Diploma Mill Naturopath and Promoter of Essential Oils
I believe a close look at Young’s activities can be illuminating for consumers who might be attracted to charismatic health gurus who base their teachings on alleged sources of knowledge from antiquity or tradition rather than on rigorously designed clinical research.
Drinking the Blood of Bats Is a Bad (and Batty) Idea
Now humans are turning the tables. They are drinking the blood of bats in the misguided belief that it has health benefits.
The Top 10 Woo of 2018 [Part II]
Kavin Senapathy reviews even more strange trends of 2018.
The Top 10 Woo of 2018 [Part I]
Kavin Senapathy reviews some strange trends of 2018.
The Not-So-Haunted Museum of Zak Bagans
The website boasts that guests “will venture down creepy winding hallways and secret passages into more than 30 rooms that rival scenes from Hollywood horror films.
Like a Bad Penny: More Superstitions We Can’t Shake
We recently showed that we skeptics can have blind spots all year long, just like everyone else. So by popular demand, here is another gathering of the superstitions that still plague our otherwise rational minds. Eat, drink, and be wary!
Human ingenuity is endless. People are always looking for the next secret that will improve their health and appearance.
CSICon 2018: Meet the First-Timers
Have you ever wondered why people attend CSICon, and what they thought of it? In this article, five first-time attendees give us some insight into those very questions.
Did a Psychic Uncover a Fifty-Seven-Year-Old Murder?
According to the story, “bones found in a Long Island basement were discovered after a family consulted a psychic and paranormal investigators.
A Conversation with Skeptics’ Guide Rogue Jay Novella (Part 2)
In part 2 of this interview, we discuss the legacy of Perry DeAngelis, some Skeptics’ Guide segments including Jay’s all time favorite “Who’s That Noisy?”, and the Novella brothers’ science fiction review show Alpha Quadrant 6.
Is an Oregon Marijuana Shop Haunted? Not likely.
KGW8 in Oregon City reported on a spooky video from a local marijuana shop, Five Zero Trees.
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: A Book Review
For the two weeks I was listening to it during my daily commute, I couldn’t wait to get back in the car every weekday to pick up where I left off.
The Superstitions We Can’t Shake
As skeptics, we know the logical fallacies and flaws in thinking that lead to superstitious belief, and we decry those faults when we see them in others.
A Conversation with Skeptics’ Guide Rogue Jay Novella (Part 1)
Jay discussed the podcast and first SGU book.
App-aritions Are Still Causing Trouble
There is an app for just about everything, including adding ghosts to your photographs.
Is That Science?
Promoters of pseudoscience often use technical words, so they sound smart or highly knowledgeable, even when the word usage is incorrect.
Get Thinking with Podcasts – Some to Check Out in 2018-2019
If you know anyone who loves podcasts, you’ll know they’re always keen to recommend what the next big thing will be
Skeptical Organization To Launch in Brazil
Alternative therapies in the Brazilian Unified Health System will be the first target of the new institute in defense of scientific evidence
A 500-Pound Amoeba: Psychiatry from the Inside
Psychiatry is arguably the least science-based of all the medical specialties. There are no objective blood tests or imaging studies to diagnose mental illness, medications are often not very effective and have bad side effects, and it’s hard to do good controlled studies on talk therapies. No wonder people are skeptical.
Do 40 Percent of People Think Native Americans Don’t Exist?
Americans have misconceptions about a great many things and a demonstrable blindness to social problems facing Native Americans and others, but misinformation isn’t helpful.
Vampires at CSICON?
An Interview with Deborah Hyde, Vampire Expert
Mom Guilt and the Glyphosate Saga
The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate is the ubiquitous herbicide (and crop desiccant) mired in a weighty controversy.
What can we learn from Michael Marshall’s “Be Reasonable” Podcast?
Be Reasonable is a monthly podcast that Michael started in January 2013. It is a reasoned discussion with people who are outside what we would call the scientific world.
Consideraciones esenciales sobre la aromaterapia
La práctica que consiste en administrar aceites esenciales (o perfumados) derivados de las plantas, mediante la inhalación de vapores, o mediante la ingestión de una supuesta energía de curación, usualmente es conocida como aromaterapia.
Challenging Claims of Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)
In May 2018, I spent the night at the White Hill Mansion in Fieldsboro, New Jersey.
I’m Keeping My Skeptic’s Card!
What was “The Well-Known Skeptic” supposed to do?
The ‘Secret Hand Signs’ Conspiracy
Things took a turn from the political to the surreal with conspiracy rumors that a lawyer sitting behind Brett Kavanaugh was caught on camera flashing a white nationalism sign with the fingers of one hand.
Vitamania: The Sense and Nonsense of Vitamins
An Interview with Sonya Pemberton
‘Breakthrough Ghost Photography’ Falls Short of a Breakthrough
Investigating alleged ghost photographs and offering rational explanations for them has been a focus of mine for well over a decade.
Colorpuncture applies various colors of light to acupoints with a small flashlight-like instrument with a colored quartz rod.
Carlos and Natália are coming to CSICon to meet YOU!
Introducing you to two of my newest acquaintances who will be attending CSICon from Brazil
Adam Does Not Ruin Everything–FACT!
Adam will be speaking at CSICon on Sunday, October 21, at 9 am.I’m sharing the brief conversation I had with him.
Introducing Psychic-Busting Private Eye Bob Nygaard (Part 2)
Here is part 2 of my conversation with Nygaard.
Fifty Books and Counting
An Interview with Massimo Polidoro
King of Volunteers – A Interview with Scott Romanowski
A simple offer to help unpack books at a TAM conference long ago has led to a second career as conference volunteer coordinator for CSICon. Scott and Susan Gerbic reminisce about some of their favorite TAM and CSICon conference moments.