Category: Critical thinking

Dowsing for hepatitis NOW cures AIDS too!

Somedays, it actually does amaze me what seemingly sane people will think is real. The fake bomb detector/drug detector/dowsing devices are now claimed to cure AIDS and hepatitis C. It’s creating an international embarrassment for Egypt. Egyptian army’s AIDS-cure claim gets harsh criticism – CNN.com. Egypt’s army claims it has invented a cure for AIDS…

Smoking gun shark photo that was doctored by Discovery

There were plenty of allegations about what was faked in the fake documentary by Animal Planet about Megalodon. Here is a piece of clear evidence. Did Discovery Channel fake the image in its giant shark documentary? | George Monbiot | Environment | theguardian.com. The suspicion that the Discovery Channel had abandoned its professed editorial standards…

Expert debunks Fukushima radiation as link to starfish catastrophe

In November, we brought you links to the disturbing story of the starfish wasting syndrome. The cause is unknown. The cause is STILL unknown. However, blame has fallen on Fukushima radiation for a huge array of real and imaginary problems noted in the Pacific. Here’s why this problem is NOT related to the Fukushima disaster.…

Giant mutant dogs?! Topekas News is NOT a real news site

I feel obligated to inform everyone that this particular site is fake: Topekas News – A Progressive Voice For The Free Thinker. Just a glance at it shows an array of DIY projects, real community news from Topeka, KS and a SHIT LOAD OF FAKE STORIES ABOUT FUKUSHIMA MUTANTS. Examples: Deadly Fukushima Mutant Brazilian Spiders…

Three toed tracks discovery likely NOT cryptid-related

A set of tracks found in New Hampshire has the crypto community stirred up. I found this piece about it on a decent site, Ghost Theory. At least they will print my comments and not make derogatory statements about skeptics. I have a disagreement about their banner declaring a “skeptical look at the unexplained” (psst…

TED under fire for pseudoscience AGAIN (UPDATE)

Back in December, TED, the premier web site for “ideas worth spreading”, took some lumps because the ideas they were spreading were pseudoscientific nonsense. They did something about it. So they said…  TED directors take a stand against pseudoscience. But things have not improved so much. They are currently under fire again for having Rupert…

Find Me psychics don’t have paranormal powers

Another story that leans towards over-emphasizing the ability of psychic detectives. No rational point of view noted. AZ psychics help find missing persons, solve homicides – CBS 5 – KPHO. When the authorities, friends and other volunteers couldn’t find Jack Culolias this December, his family called an outside group for help. Within hours of arriving…

Anatomy of a propaganda press release: Fluoride and IQ (UPDATED)

Reuters reprints a press release from a scare group misrepresenting research about fluoride. Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ – Published in Federal Gov’t Journal Harvard University researchers’ review of fluoride/brain studies concludes “our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment.” It was published online July 20 in Environmental…

You KNOW mermaids are fiction, right? RIGHT?

In an update to a popular post about the Animal Planet special, Mermaids: A Body Found, we see that nonsense fed to the public does it’s job. Apparently, there is a an internet/email rumor circulating that the program was real. See this documentation of it by the best urban legend site there is, Snopes.com. Perhaps…

Mystery of the severed feet may be solved: Selection bias

I love every post on ForgetoMori. This one is no exception. Mysterious severed feet and the Crazy Statistician We all recall the many severed feet that washed up on shore in the Pacific northwest. Mori provides us with the nonobvious answer and shows out how we must expand our reasoning to account for our own…