Category: Skeptical activism

15 Credibility St #10: Minding the Gap

In this episode, we talk about the loss of the founder of GapMinder, the efforts of CNN to ignore that they ought to be doing journalism, and what happens when fantasy erodes the grip on reality for some pre-teen girls. We really need to mind the gap. In June of 2014, we brought you the story…

15 Credibility St #9: I’m the only One

This week is a bit different as I (Howard) am the only one hosting this week’s episode.  It is a bit of a potpourri of my thoughts on a few topics. A trio of podcasts is discussed: Be Reasonable, Reality Check, and a little known popular show called The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.  Be Reasonable does…

15 Credibility Street #5: UFOs over Turkey and I ain’t too surprised

We’re back with another news chat episode. The news is weird, as usual. Strange days indeed… Mothman reappears close to the 50th anniversary. Howard suspects pecuniary interests might be involved in the promotion of these local legends. The same can be suggested for the many YouTubers and websites that promote “weird news” like anomalies, natural…

FTC and Homeopathy: 15 Credibility Street extra

The FTC issued a policy statement on November 15, 2016 regarding the marketing of homeopathic “drugs” to consumers. The statement was the culmination of research and analysis incorporating information gathered from a workshop last year where various parties – homeopathy advocates, organizations and producers along with science-based medicine advocates – provided comments. The policy changes…

Episode 2: Rather Rigged

Stopping by at 15 Credibility Street this week are our pals Bob Blaskiewicz and Karl Mamer. Because, they rock. But first, since this is Halloween, I mention ghosts. The hot news this week was not that ghosts are any more plausible or better documented than in the last 300 years but that the guy who makes…

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…

The case of the acrobatic bear (or juvenile Sasquatch)

The podcast Monster Talk – the science show about monsters – has a very interesting episode up that features an exclusive analysis of the Jacobs photos speculated by some to be a juvenile Bigfoot but to most others, show bear cubs and a mangy mother bear. Skeptic » Podcasts » MonsterTalk » Episode Notes for What…

Lessons in communicating a message from the L’Aquila earthquake trial

Trial Over L’Aquila Earthquake Focuses on Risks and Panic – NYTimes.com. An update on the trial of scientists and an official regarding the L’Aquila earthquake… The manslaughter trial of six seismologists and a government official in the central Italian city of L’Aquila, stemming from what the authorities say was a failure to warn the population…