Monthly Archives: October 2012

Leftover Links for October 31, 2012

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Hungry for more? Check out these tasty tidbits… No doubt they are valuable in searches but are they reliable? Sniffer dogs on trial. Are Dogs ‘Scientific Devices’? This is a very credulous and completely clueless reporter that has never heard of orbs showing up in photos. But the commenters knew. Mystery ‘orb’ memories haunt The…

Predator panic on Halloween is unwarranted fear mongering

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Quick warning: BEWARE OF PREDATORS! PANIC!!! Halloween Warning: Beware of Predators | FOX8.com – Cleveland news & weather from WJW Television FOX 8. It’s time for trick-or-treating, but going door-to-door can put your family at risk if you stop at the wrong house. “As a community, we have to stick together because that’s the only…

No bunches of drowned rats expected

Rodent of Unusual Size (fiction)

Did the rats survive the New York City flooding? What happened to them? Will we be overrun with giant mutant rats? These questions and more are answered by Scientific American. Did NYC rats survive hurricane Sandy? The complicated question, how many drowned and how many survived, is probably impossible to answer. But we can speculate…

Sandy reveals skeletal surprise

Photo credit: Thomas MacMillan / New Haven Independent

Skeletal remains found in uprooted tree. A century-old tree in New Haven was uprooted Monday afternoon by Sandy’s winds, exposing skeletal remains of unknown origin, as reported by the New Haven Independent. The woman, Katie Carbo, made the discovery around 3:15 p.m. near the corner of College and Chapel streets. Visible among the roots of…

Soul theory: Oh, they used the Q word

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Scientists offer quantum theory of soul’s existence. American Dr Stuart Hameroff and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose developed a quantum theory of consciousness asserting that our souls are contained inside structures called microtubules which live within our brain cells. Their idea stems from the notion of the brain as a biological computer, “with 100 billion…

Closed-minded: the non-ability to accept results. Psychics fail test.

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In a followup to this story, the results are in: A scientific experiment has found that two mediums were unable to demonstrate that they had special psychic powers. BBC News – Psychic pair fail scientific test. The test by researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London, tried to establish whether mediums could use psychic abilities to…

Leftover Links for October 30, 2012

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Still hungry for news today? Wow, you got some addiction there. Here are some leftovers that didn’t make it to our front page.   A very good piece about how we call storms “monsters” and look for a scapegoat (global warming, immorality) to blame. But really? We pretty much survived OK. Blaming Hurricane Sandy on…

Leo Igwe partners with JREF to respond to witchcraft problem in Africa

Leo Igwe, JREF Fellow

Leo Igwe Appointed as New JREF Research Fellow. The James Randi Educational Foundation today announces the appointment of Leo Igwe as a research fellow. The appointment will support his work advancing skepticism throughout Africa and around the world. Mr. Igwe is a skeptical activist from Nigeria and a former representative of the International Humanist and…

Russians claim Yeti hair identified: Doubt abounds (Update: 200 Ninja yetis)

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Russians announce they have hair from a human-like creature which is not a Homo sapien. You should BE VERY SKEPTICAL of this story. Even the source – what is akin to the Siberia equivalent of the Daily Mail – is equivocal in its headline. Yeti – the best proof yet or an elaborate hoax? DNA ‘tests’…

Homeopathic product may fool parents into non-action for child’s serious illness

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Kids Smart’s dumb ads: consumers complain of misleading claims. Pharmacare Laboratories is facing a new complaint about its Kids Smart homeopathic medicines amid concerns parents who use the products may delay seeking medical treatment. The complaint – lodged by a group of oranisations including CHOICE to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) – alleges…

Slate slides downhill

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Dr. Harriet Hall tells us about Slate.com rejecting an article that is critical of Dr. Andrew Weil. Science-Based Medicine » Andrew Weil/AAFP Article Rejected by Slate I was asked to write an article for Slate, the on-line magazine, about Andrew Weil’s selection as the keynote speaker for the 2012 AAFP annual scientific assembly. The science and…

Polish Catholic Church down on ‘Satanic’ Halloween

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Party poopers! BBC News – Polish Catholic Church in Halloween warning. Poland’s Catholic Church has warned that modern Halloween rituals risk promoting the occult. In a statement on its website, the Church said that celebrating Halloween could contradict Church teachings and Christianity. One archbishop said the 31 October celebrations were promoting paganism to young people.…

Leftover Links for October 29, 2012

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Some interesting bits and pieces left over from today you may want to chew on.   Press for Skepticamp New Hampshire Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out – NashuaTelegraph.com. In a followup to the Icke at Wembley story: We’re all holograms ruled by reptiles (and the Queen’s fuelled…