Skeptic personalities

Randi and Shostak refute signs your house is haunted

Is Your House Haunted, Or Are Your Senses Being Taunted? | Fox News. James Randi and Seth Shostak reply to a ridiculous post by the Warrens (Lorraine and her nephew), your self-styled neighborhood demonologists. Two individuals identified as “foremost experts of the supernatural realm” have produced a list of phenomena that “might indicate your house is haunted.”…

More on the Jose Alvarez legal issues (Update Oct 22)

Jailed mystery artist once Amazing Randis assistant — under a different name – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com. Before artist Jose Alvarez traveled the world with famed magician and professional skeptic James “The Amazing” Randi, he was Deyvi Pena, a young man from Venezuela with a student visa to study at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Mystery has shrouded…

Editorial: Be a skeptic so you won’t fall for this stuff

Lately, there has been much commentary in the news about the poor science and scholarship in the field of cryptozoology. Specifically, we have what appears to be a setup from the Yeti conference recently held in Russia, some “scientists” proclaiming rather unscientific (i.e., supernatural) explanations for large unknown primates, many places capitalizing on stories that…

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…

World Skeptics Congress, May 2012 in Berlin

World Skeptics Information and Events – World Skeptics Information and Events. Mark your calendar for the 6th World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, Germany. Slated for May 18-20, 2012 in city centre, speakers so far include: Chris French, Chris Mooney, Eugenie Scott, Simon Singh, Kylie Sturgess and many prominent European speakers, which gives this conference a…

Skeptoid’s Brian Dunning accused of wire fraud

Skeptoid blog: A Partial Explanation Brian Dunning, host of the popular skeptic podcast, Skeptoid, and popular skeptical advocate and personality, confirms to Doubtful News that there are charges pending against him of wire fraud relating to his personal consulting company. Mr. Dunning has explained in a private post to friends that he is one of…

Jose Alvarez of “Carlos” fame accused of ID theft

Celebrated Plantation artist Jose Alvarez accused of ID theft – Sun Sentinel. Alvarez first began performing to international audiences in the late 1980s as “Carlos,” channeling the spirit of an ancient seer in contact with other worlds. It was an elaborate hoax carried out as performance art. Alvarez’s transformation into “Carlos” was part of [James]…