Skeptic personalities

Dennis Markuze (aka David Mabus) arrested again (Updated)

There is an announcement via Twitter from the Montreal Police that known spammer and online harasser, Dennis Markuze, otherwise known as “Mabus” has been arrested for violating probation. Twitter / SPVM: D.Markuze was arrested for …. He has been posting tweets in various forms as “Operation Archangel” and has been sending emails, signed on to…

Where the truth is blasphemy: The Edamaruku case

India: Blasphemy backlash Catholic groups in India have brought blasphemy charges against Sanal Edamarauku, the country’s most prominent rationalist. They may get more than they bargained for, says Caspar Melville Edamaruku has become something of a star, the hardest working man in the debunking business – last year he estimates he did 200 appearances.  He…

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

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…

Dr. Paul Kurtz, philosopher, skeptic, humanist, has died

Paul Kurtz, skeptic and humanist, has died at age 86. Kurtz was at the forefront of the modern skeptical movement. He founded the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, CSICOP which later became the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and Prometheus Books. American Atheists first posted on their Facebook page of his passing. American…

‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ mag threatens legal action against Simon Singh (UPDATE: libel backtracking)

Simon Singh threatened with legal action for criticising health magazine The science writer and libel reform campaigner Simon Singh has been threatened with legal action after criticising an alternative health magazine on Twitter. Earlier this week, Singh took to the social media network to denounce a magazine called What Doctors Don’t Tell You (WDDTY). Described…

Norwegian TV show rattles homeopaths and spiritualist (Updated)

The Norwegian TV series “Folkeopplysningen” (“Public Education”), which we have written about before, has caused some controversy among the alternative medicine practioners in Norway. Below are two stories about it: Homoepaths were warned against Folkeopplysningen.* The Norwegian Homeopath Association sent out a letter to their members warning them about participating in the NRK program Folkeopplysningen.…

Congratulations to ‘MonsterTalk’ Parsec Podcast Award winner

‘MonsterTalk’ Wins Parsec Podcast Award » Benjamin Radford. MonsterTalk, a podcast co-hosted by myself, Blake Smith and Karen Stollznow, won a Parsec, a national podcasting award. The Parsecs are annual awards created to recognize excellence in science fiction podcasts and podcast novels. MonsterTalk won in the “Best Fact Behind the Fiction” category, for podcasts that…

Indian skeptic Sanal Edamaruku faces backlash from exposing a ‘miracle’

New Scientist/Slate interviews skeptic under fire for exposing a “miracle”: A statue of Jesus oozing holy water? An Indian skeptic debunks miracle – Slate Magazine. Sanal Edamaruku faces a Catholic backlash after insisting that the “holy” water dripping from a statue of Christ in Mumbai, India, came from a leaky drain. Edamaruku is the founder and president…

Police attempt to arrest Indian skeptic Sanal Edamaruku

A followup to this story: Indian skeptic charged with blasphemy for revealing a miracle hoax This happened earlier today. Police in Sanal’s house to arrest him. 4 July 2012.This morning, officers of the Delhi Police reached Sanal Edamaruku’s house to arrest him. They came upon directions of a Delhi court to execute an arrest warrant…

Penn and Teller get a star

Las Vegas magicians and skeptical advocates Penn & Teller are getting a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame: 2013 Walk of Fame honorees named. Penn and Teller, showmen and television personalities, are longtime supporters of the James Randi Educational Foundation and will be appearing at this year’s Amazing Meeting as keynote speakers.

CSIcon 2012 in Nashville

Join me and many great presenters at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry’s conference, CSIcon this October 25–28, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee The Conference Dedicated to Science and Skeptical Inquiry. Science and reason are taking quite a beating lately. Popular culture, academia, and even the halls of government seem swarmed with alternative medicine hucksters, extraterrestrial conspiracies,…

Commentary: And now for something completely different…

      This post is an anomaly – some very personal views about why science, experience, civility and community is important. Sincerely, Doubtful News Editor, Sharon Hill       Recently, I appeared on the podcast, Monster Talk, one of my FAVORITES. It’s about monsters, but it’s different than typical paranormal or other monster…

Vicious web site attacks prominent skeptic James Randi and others (UPDATE: more about what might have happened)

James “The Amazing” Randi and several prominent skeptics were outwardly defamed on a site now taken down. Did it have connections to Burzynski Clinic’s former hired online PR hit man? The website 21st Floor noted a link to their site and investigated. The 21st Floor » Blog Archive » Skeptic News: Marc Attacks?. Normally unless…

Petition to withdraw charges against Indian rationalist Sanal Edamaruku

Various rationalist groups call for the withdrawal of charges against Sanal Edamaruku. We call on the Catholic Archdiocese of Bombay to withdraw their complaint against Indian Rationalist Sanal Edamaruku. Sanal Edamaruku, President of the Indian Rationalist Association, has for decades been a tireless campaigner for science and against superstition. He is widely known for his exposure of…