Buckle Up – Seatbelt Psychic
CSI Fellow, Susan Gerbic investigates Lifetime’s “Seat Belt Psychic”. Thomas John (The Manhattan Medium) drives around Los Angeles picking up “unsuspecting” riders, along the way he speaks to their dead family members and pets. Very accurate and specific readings. There is no way he could know these things … unless.
Operation Pizza Roll – Thomas John
Susanna and Mark Wilson got a psychic reading from the Manhattan Medium, Thomas John’s March 2017 psychic event. Thomas John was accurate and detailed with his readings. One problem though, Susanna and Mark Wilson don’t exist. But their Facebook pages do.
¿Eso es ciencia?
La ciencia es persuasiva, y debería serlo; la ciencia es el gran detector de la realidad.
Un exceso de tonterías
El mundo se está volviendo más loco? Parece que sí, pero quizá es que yo estoy más consciente de la estupidez. He aquí solo unas pocas cosas estrafalarias con las que me he cruzado recientemente.
A Conversation with Skeptics’ Guide Rogue Jay Novella (Part 3)
In the final part of this interview, Jay discusses the growth of the SGU podcast, gender considerations at the NECSS conference, his parenting philosophy regarding science, and his close relative who is … wait for it … a flat earther.
La Sociedad Nacional del Síndrome de Down promueve la pseudociencia de la comunicación
El 10 de enero de 2019, la Sociedad Nacional del Síndrome de Down estadounidense (NDSS) puso a disposición un seminario web gratuito y público sobre comunicación facilitada (CF), un método de comunicación totalmente desacreditado que mayormente se utiliza con personas autistas.
The Provenance of Captain Smith’s ‘Haunted’ Mirror
A super exciting, new haunted item from the Titanic
Brazil Launches Its First Institute for the Promotion of Skepticism
On November 22, 2018, Institute Question of Science (IQC), the first Brazilian institute for skepticism and rational thinking, was officially launched.
A Surfeit of Silliness
Is the world getting crazier?
Were the ‘Sonic Attacks’ on American Diplomats Just Sci-Fi?
Mass psychogenic illness expert Robert Bartholomew shares his latest thoughts on the (supposed) “sonic weapon” attacks on the U.S. embassy staff in Cuba and China.
Revolviendo el contenedor de basura del VAERS La realidad es la mejor medicina
Sin duda, las vacunas son uno de los más grandes triunfos de la medicina moderna.
Squaring the Skeptic with Celestia Ward (Part 2)
In part 2 of this interview, we discuss the History Channel’s Amelia Earhart debacle, mommy-woo, the Blue Whale Game, the influence of science fiction on skeptics, and chiropractic pseudoscience even a ten-year-old skeptic could see right through.
Natalie Grams: Medical Homeopath to Professional Skeptic
Natalie Grams was once a practicing homeopathic doctor. She decided to write a book defending homeopathy, but what she learned changed her own views instead.
National Down Syndrome Society Promotes Communication Pseudoscience
As readers of this column will recall, FC is based on the theory that many people with profound language deficits suffer from a physical problem—an inability to produce the sounds for speech or the movements required for writing or typing—but are not cognitively impaired.
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