Belief/Superstition

It MUST be true, I saw it on TV

How Television Can Make You Believe Things That Aren’t True Newly published research suggests nuggets of misinformation embedded in a fictional television program can seep into our brains and lodge there as perceived facts. That’s the conclusion of a study published in the journal Human Communication Research. It asserts that, immediately after watching a show containing a…

Eugenie Scott describes how Creationists and climate denialists share tactics

Denial of evolution, climate change: Linked? Poll scientific specialists on evolution and global warming, and the results are overwhelming: a strong consensus that the scientists say is founded on equally strong data. But among the general public, the response can be quite different. Eugenie Scott, a science education activist best known for fighting creationism in…

Where child sacrifice is a business

Where child sacrifice is a business. The villages and farming communities that surround Uganda’s capital, Kampala, are gripped by fear. Schoolchildren are closely watched by teachers and parents as they make their way home from school. In playgrounds and on the roadside are posters warning of the danger of abduction by witch doctors for the…

TRUE Tales Of The Paranormal app for iPhone

Treat yourself this Halloween to True Tales Of The Paranormal for iPhone. ‘True Tales Of The Paranormal’ for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad brings out the Halloween spirit with over 100 REAL stories and pictures of Paranormal Activity. The app currently boasts over 100 real stories and pictures about Ghosts, UFOs, and the Simply Unexplainable.…

The aerial search for Bigfoot – science or imagination?

St. George man searches for Bigfoot |thespectrum.com. Barnes is one of many people throughout the United States who claim to have seen a creature called “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch” Now it’s his turn to be curious. Barnes spent 12 years researching how to best capture film evidence of a hominoid, gathering fellow believers and researchers along…

Educator battles Mayan doomsday myth with science

North Jersey educator battles Mayan doomsday myth with science – NorthJersey.com. North Jersey tweens and teens are watching the calendar and counting down with concern. Armed with a little information about the Mayan calendar and doomsday speculation, they worry that on Dec. 21, 2012, something catastrophic will happen and the world will end.

Self-delusion is a winning survival strategy, study suggests

Self-delusion is a winning survival strategy, study suggests. Researchers have shown for the first time that overconfidence actually beats accurate assessments in a wide variety of situations, be it sport, business or even war. A paper published in Nature September 14 shows that overconfidence frequently brings rewards, as long as spoils of conflict are sufficiently…

‘Wi-fi refugees’ shelter in West Virginia mountains

BBC News – ‘Wi-fi refugees’ shelter in West Virginia mountains. There are five billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide and advances in wireless technology make it increasingly difficult to escape the influence of mobile devices. But while most Americans seem to embrace continuous connectivity, some believe it’s making them physically ill.