Critical thinking

The ‘News’ – hijacked by trolls

I love lots about this piece, especially the use of the word “arseholes” to describe scumbags who get their jollies out of trolling and making trouble on the internet. It’s a fine English word. Meanwhile, arseholes hijack the news. Is this the fault of the trolls or the people who click? The Emma Watson nude…

Espanola police conclude “ghost” is the only possible explanation for an insect on the camera

Each day, I come across a half-dozen “news” stories about officials who sanction ghost hunts in their buildings or use ghost tours as fundraisers or tourism draws. See Paranormal testing scheduled for Southwick Town Hall | masslive.com. Medina Paranormal Society to discuss building findings Monday – The Daily News Online: News. Even most sceptical spooked…

Spinosaurus appears to have been toothy and semi-aquatic; but don’t call it a crocoduck

Previously-known Spinosaurus was a dinosaur that blew my mind. I couldn’t figure out the deal with the sail and the ultra-long snout. Turns out it had more surprises in store. Scientists report first semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus: Massive predator was more than 9 feet longer than largest T. rex — ScienceDaily. Scientists today unveiled what appears…

Ghost with axe photo and story lacks all credibility

A strange photograph has people online jumping to paranormal conclusions. Are there more obvious explanations? Perhaps the better question to start with is how do we know this even happened? Ghostly image causes online stir – Yahoo!7. A photo showing a ghostly figure, apparently wielding an axe, has spread viral goosebumps across the internet and…

Skeptics in Vegas: The Amazing Meeting 2014 brought cheers, smiles and a call for education

The premier gathering for advocates of evidence-based skepticism and critical thinking, THE AMAZING MEETING (TAM), the annual conference run by the James Randi Education Foundation, took place from July 10-13 in Las Vegas. James (The Amazing) Randi, aged 85, one of the world’s greatest living magicians and conjurers, was very accessible throughout the several days, taking photos…

The “great” and “doctorful” Oz admits he doesn’t have miracle solutions

No kidding! This truly is great. I wish I’d seen it. But Consumerist has an excellent summary that sounds like when Dr. Oz went to Congress he got more trouble than he bargained for. McCaskill deserves applause. Dr. Oz Grilled By Senator Over “Miracle” Weight-Loss Claims – Consumerist. Since he started appearing on pal Oprah…

Cheeky Chopra’s fatuous challenge

Deepak Chopra, the egotistical “guru” with a bee in his bonnet about “debunkers”, issues a ridiculous, nonsensical “challenge” to Randi and the skeptics. I challenge the non “amazing” Randi & his professional debunkers & skeptics to explain normal experience & offer them a $1 million prize. It is not the skeptic’s job to prove anything or…

2.5 million views of two minutes and eighteen seconds of stupid

What? More conspiracy nonsense making the rounds? I’m shocked! No I’m not. I’m tired of this s**t and that’s exactly what it is. It’s making people paranoid and STUPID. Conspiracy videos of 9/11 on Facebook: People should be responsible for what they share on social media. It’s 2:18 long, and it makes basically one claim:…

Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A DN Exclusive

Doubtful News is pleased to present this EXCLUSIVE piece by author and researcher, Benjamin Radford, on the Discovery Channel’s presentation airing TONIGHT! [Warning: Spoilers] Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A Closer Look at Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives A new two-hour Discovery Channel “documentary,” Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, revisits the curious case of…

Face it! Cydonia region of Mars Exposed

Stuart Robbins of the Exposing PseudoAstronomy podcast has put together a great new video that, well, exposes some bogus claims in astronomy. This one is going to get Richard Hoagland a bit angered as he covers the speculation from the Cydonia region of Mars – you know, the face. Richard C. Hoagland made this famous…

“At first I was skeptical” is a convincing ploy, unless you are wise to it

A new paper was just published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology that is further confirmation of something skeptics of the paranormal and alt med treatments have noticed for a long time. It’s called the “avowal of prior skepticism”. This is a narrative device used by a person telling a story in which…

Cosmos series irritates those who hold anti-science ideas

The new Cosmos reboot is generating some waves for sure. Creationists have a beef with the exclusion (even derision) of the God concept while teachers are excited to have interesting science content for their classes. Now, climate change deniers might get a little broiled over the latest episode to air. New Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroys…

Making a miracle angel into a UFO doesn’t help with an explanation!

More baseless speculation of explaining an unknown with another unknown with this new idea about the most famous war-time vision in the sky story ever told. “Angel” which saved British troops in WW1 “may have been UFO” – Yahoo News UK. An ‘Angel’ which many British soldiers credited with saving their lives in one of…

Student assignment on Holocaust denial sparks appropriate public outrage

A GIGANTIC mistake by teachers in a California 8th grade classroom where the students were given an assignment on Holocaust denial. EXCLUSIVE: Rialto Unified defends writing assignment on confirming or denying Holocaust. The Rialto Unified School District is defending an eighth-grade assignment that asks students to debate in writing whether the Holocaust was “merely a…

Request: Fund fun

So, I had this idea… Doubtful News could use a bit more “character”. I am currently working with an artist who is developing AL, a mascot for Doubtful News. Things are shaping up. The critter reflects the media and public reaction to strange news we get everyday. He’s a bit of a worrier and freaks out over anything…

AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated

Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own…

Doubtful News’ “Beyond Doubtful” list of no-go-to sources

The purpose of Doubtful News is to expose questionable claims in stories you find on the internet. Mostly we deal with major news outlets because those are the stories that people will search on to find additional information. We get those searchers who then can see some science-based, rational takes on paranormal, anomalies and alternative…

No wiki woo woo

We sent the link to this story out yesterday in leftovers but Guy Chapman has written it up for us in a post worth reading. Thanks, Guy.  If there’s one thing proponents of SCAM (Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine) cannot stand, it’s objective unbiased information. Wikipedia’s policies have long mandated against giving undue weight to…