Pseudoscience

Evidence-based skepticism in the spotlight thanks to Bill Nye’s debate

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It’s so very exciting to see the reverberation of the Creation-Evolution debate continuing. And I am very happy to see Skeptical Inquirer play a role in it. This current issue of SI has an exclusive piece written by Bill Nye, The Science Guy himself, discussing the behind-the-scenes goings on that took place before and during…

Royal Society of Canada OK with Wi-fi

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Another evaluation says wi-fi networks show no evidence of harm. Now from Canada. Royal Society of Canada says Wi-Fi appears safe, exposure limits fine Canada’s Royal Society (equivalent to the US’ National Academies of Science) has just completed an evaluation of the county’s safety standards for wireless devices like Wi-Fi and cellphones. The review, done…

Do some critical activism! Yes, you. Right now. To help cancer patients.

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We have had about a dozen posts on “Houston Cancer Quack” Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. The fact is MANY more people think he is some kind of hero (including himself) by promoting this so-called cancer treatment antineoplastons. It’s also a fact that ANP have never been demonstrated to work as other cancer treatments have been documented.…

Homeopathic remedy contains actual medicine? Stop selling it!

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We threw this story into leftovers a few days ago but the idea of an active ingredient in homeopathic preparation (not on purpose) was just so hilarious that it’s making the round in mainstream media today. The joke is “Homeopathy – there’s nothing in it!” Oops… Homeopathy product recalled over fears it may contain actual…

No wiki woo woo

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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…

Denton found guilty of nine offences for his dubious claims

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We previously covered the accusations agains Errol Denton in the U.K. Denton ignores ASA regarding live blood analysis Errol of the Denton family is quacking in court  Today, we got word from Guy Chapman about a conviction of  the “Live Blood” practitioner. In a rare conviction of nine offenses under the Cancer Act 1939, fines and…

Indiana lawmakers pull the “academic freedom” trope

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What the hell are they doing? Ball State University president, Jo Ann Gora’s decision to scrap a science class,”Boundaries of Science” class taught by Eric Hedin, an assistant professor of physics, was her response to complaints that the class was promoting intelligent design, as opposed to evolution. Obviously, that is NOT a scientific take on nature.…

WSN must pay out $2.2 Million for false claims regarding diabetes

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The FTC is on the ball again. FTC Obtains $2.2 Million Judgment against Supplement Marketer that Made Phony Claims for Treating and Preventing Diabetes | Federal Trade Commission. A federal court has found that marketers of bogus remedies for treating and preventing diabetes violated Section 5 of the FTC Act, and has ordered them to…

‘Planet X’: Still not there after all these years

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Every few years, it seems Planet X (also known as “Nibiru”) claims rear their head. This time, Planet X fans are disappointed after NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer returned negative results. NASA Probe Shoots Down ‘Planet X’ Claims (NBC News): A NASA spacecraft has pounded another nail into the coffin of the hypothetical solar system…

Fluoridation court ruling in New Zealand

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Fluoridation is a reasonable activity for the common good. It is not medication, says a new ruling. Fluoridation a local government issue: court. The High Court has affirmed the right of local government to fluoridate drinking water. In a decision released today, Justice Rodney Hansen threw out claims from anti-fluoride campaigners who disputed the South…

“Fake bomb detector” device gets patent in Romania

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Someone needs to explain this insanity to me. Is it money? I’m guessing is money and really ignorant buyers. BBC News – Bomb detectors similar to fake devices get patents in Romania, the BBC learns. Bomb detectors similar to fake devices sold by a fraudulent Somerset businessman have been patented by a Romanian company, the…

Dowsing for hepatitis NOW cures AIDS too!

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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…

This ghost hunter went into a haunted house and you WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT!

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Well, I don’t really believe it. I think there is more to this. The reputation of the Welles house in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is being enhanced by big name paranormalists. Something spooky is going on here. After just one night at 46 S. Welles St., John Zaffis is convinced. “There is definitely paranormal activity that transpires…

Cheops Cartouche affair suspects charged

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An update to this story: Rogue amateur archaeologists stole samples to “prove” a conspiracy theory Nine suspects including three German nationals and six Egyptians were referred to criminal court in Giza for seizing and facilitating seizure of artifacts from King Cheops (Khufu) pyramid and smuggling them abroad. Egyptian, German suspects referred to court over stealing…

Melvin Morse, near-death experience researcher, convicted of waterboarding

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In an update to this bizarre and confusing story, Morse waterbording case: Was he torturing his child to further his research into near death experience?, we have a conviction: Former pediatrician convicted of waterboarding. A Delaware jury convicted a pediatrician Thursday of waterboarding his companion’s daughter by holding the child’s head under a faucet. The jury…

Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed! (UPDATE)

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NEW (09-Feb-2014): Brien Foerster has contacted me saying that Melba Ketchum is not the geneticist behind the released results. See more details in the update below. On the south coast of Peru in 1928, Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a collection of remains of individuals with unusually elongated skulls. Cranial deformation is a widely known practice…

“Medical research in clown shoes” (UPDATE)

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Oh, this has caused a stir… The Australian site The Conversation has seen fit to take down this piece by Mick Vagg. It has been preserved here. FreezePage: Conversation suspended page – Quackademic medicine…coming soon to a uni near you The recent memorandum of understanding signed between supplement company Swisse and La Trobe University to establish…

The Great Debate: Science trumps Creationism

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Ham on Nye: Deny deny deny… In a sometimes frustrating, sometimes boring, but consistently civil discussion about the definition and importance of science, two speakers with opposing worldviews presented their evidence to a sellout crowd and hundreds of thousands of online viewers. Who Won Bill Nye’s Big Evolution Faceoff? – NBC News.com. Bill Nye the…

Why do I keep wanting to spit whenever I have to say this Doctor’s name?

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Burzynski blinds people of reason, uses his patients in more ways than one. This is heartbreaking, not heartwarming. Grandfather goes to Washington to try and save ill Hudson granddaughter | New Hampshire NH People. Fed up with unreturned calls to the FDA, Frank LaFountain drove himself to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt…

Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures buys “demon” house in Indiana (UPDATED)

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This Indiana exorcism story has been the hot topic all week. It’s been everywhere. The people involved claim they didn’t know it would blow up like this. Oh really? Hmm… I think that was exactly the intent. Otherwise why tell the extraordinary story if you didn’t want people to be impressed by it and ask…

An icon of Dunning Krugerism: Joseph files frivolous suit against NASA

What IS this thing? A stupid lawsuit is not going to help find out.

Oh brother, talk about a textbook crank. Scientist sues NASA, alleges it’s failing to investigate alien life on Mars  – NY Daily News. A self-described scientist has filed a lawsuit alleging NASA is failing to properly investigate alien life. Rhawn Joseph, who’s written several books on extraterrestrial activity, wants the space agency to further analyze a…