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15 Credibility Street #24: Feeling out of this world

This shorter episode is heavy on the theme of “people really believe this stuff” and why that’s not something to scoff at. I (Sharon) am off to attend a cryptozoology event this weekend that might prove to be a bit weird. I also express some thoughts about the years worth of content on Doubtful News…

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Most people search via keywords they see in the news. It’s critical that they find a rational take on doubtful news. Do you agree? You can help curious Googlers locate reputable, reasonable information about questionable claims in the news. That is a BIG DEAL! Doubtful News is looking for knowledgable contributors for story writeups on the…

Doubtful News is changing

Life moves forward. Dear Readers: Thank you for the many years of support and growth of Doubtful News. It’s been a very satisfying experience and I’ve learned so much and intend to keep learning and supplying information to the public in support of scientific reasoning and evidence-based skepticism. I’m not going anywhere. In fact, I’m…

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…

Moderation for understanding: Tone matters for online comments, study says

This is a good reason for the comment policy on this site. The results of this rather large study is not surprising. Tone matters. Online comments hurt science understanding, study finds   A new obstacle to scientific literacy may be emerging, according to a paper in the journal Science by two University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.…

Doubtful News favorite stories of 2012

It’s that time of year where you see list after list of the BEST this or that. Well, these weren’t necessary the best but they were our favorite stories of the year here at Doubtful News. We posted around 2000 stories so it was a lot to dig through. But, your two editors picked out…

HA ha: Our best titles of the year

Just for fun today, I dug through the archives for 2012 and came up with best titles we devised for Doubtful News stories. It’s a fun way to look back at the weird and wild things that happened last year and to pat myself on the back for occasionally being punny. Very occasionally. People get…

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…