Tag Archive for evidence

Maine ghost group claims to have Eva Gray ghost pic (UPDATED: Eva real, ghost is not)

Update: The ghost group appears to have additional information that they have not yet released that indicates that this “image” is not paranormal, and we have confirmation on some details of Eva Gray’s death. See below. Originally published 17-Jan-2017 An amateur research and investigation group (ARIG) in Maine is getting local attention for their claim…

Four-year Bigfoot research project in Oklahoma yields intriguing and unexplained results

Here’s a strange beast – a comprehensive report of a research study intended to document the apparent presence of native “wood apes” (popularly known as Bigfoot) in the Ouachita mountains of Oklahoma. The North American Wood Ape Conservancy consists of serious researchers who carefully plan their approach and document their findings. They have published a…

The (cat) Beast of Bodmin Moor is old news

Dr. David Clarke at Sheffield Hallam University, an expert in journalism in the U.K., has followed the “alien big cat” phenomenon. The ABC idea is that large, out of place (OOP) cats (lions, black panthers, pumas/cougars) have colonized the British Isles. Their presence is responsible for the reported sightings of big cats, livestock kills and mystery…

The BIG difference between skeptics and deniers

Here at Doubtful News we advocate science-based and evidence-based skepticism. We are not denialists. Journalist should get the hint (READ the MEDIA GUIDE TO SKEPTICISM). Bill Nye asks journalist to stop calling climate change deniers ‘skeptics’. Bill Nye and his colleagues in media and academia wrote a letter for the Skeptical Inquirer asking journalist to…

Brain train down the drain

In unsurprising not-so-news, “brain training” doesn’t work. But exercise will. Go for a walk or take up a new hobby. Watch out for anything that promises a quick fix or sounds too good to be true. Brain Training Doesn’t Make You Smarter – Scientific American. [T]here is no solid evidence that commercial brain games improve…

UFO researcher Jacobs profiled – Relies on weak evidence and fallacies

This article falls for the appeal to authority, saying Jacobs is a tenured professor and “makes his case with well-reasoned, articulate explanations and applies a scholarly approach to his research, which he has shared in four books – printed by well-known and academic publishers.” Since when are there well-reasoned arguments for aliens visiting earth and…

Crash cams could be used for cryptozoology

Actually, this is a great idea. Thylacine hunter Mike Williams confident technology will provide evidence of living tiger TASMANIAN tiger hunter Mike Williams is confident evidence of a living thylacine will emerge sooner rather than later because of the growing popularity of crash cameras in cars. Mr Williams, who led an international team of naturalists…

Big cat case closed in New South Wales

I hope they don’t think this will stop people from reporting them. People “KNOW” what they see and if they want to see a black panther, that’s what they will see. ‘The matter is closed’: new report into Blue Mountains big cat. Rumours have circulated for decades about a colony of “Big cats” roaming Sydney’s…

Animal Planet’s downward plunge – more mermaids

For some incredibly ridiculous reason*, Discovery Network’s Animal Planet continues to push the idea that mermaid can be real. More spectacularly anti-intellectual, mystery mongering and outright FAKE footage coming your way this weekend with a mini Monster-themed programming schedule. *ad revenue BusinessMirror – Animal Planet’s ‘Monster Week’ creeps back. ANIMAL Planet presents Monster Week, a…

Pet psychics featured in Baltimore Sun. At least there are some level-headed comments included.

Terri Deiner is a pet psychic or communicator. Animal behaviorists and skeptics have something to say about that. Thanks to Animal Planet’s show “Pet Psychic”, this is now a common thing. ‘Pet psychics,’ aka ‘animal communicators’ know what your pet is thinking – baltimoresun.com. Diener’s work isn’t recognized by many mainstream veterinarians. There’s no professional…

Heel, Inc. homeopathic manufacturer must “dial down” health claims

Homeopathic product maker settled a class action suit against their claims about efficacy. It’s not much and it SHOULD be more. That is, they should be made to say it has NO active ingredients. Homeopathic Drugmaker Puts Up $1M To End False Ad Claims – Law360. *Paywalled article Homeopathic treatment manufacturer Heel Inc. agreed Wednesday…

Memory researcher Elizabeth Loftus receives prestigious award

The journal American Psychologist (July-August 2013 issue) awards Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology to Dr. Elizabeth Loftus of U.C. Irvine. “Elizabeth F. Loftus has made extraordinary contributions to our understanding of memory during the past 40 years that are remarkable for their creativity and impact. She has been a pioneering…

Esquire digs into “heaven” doctor’s NDE story. It’s not pretty.

In a followup to this story about neuroscientist Eben Alexander and his so-called “proof” of heaven (a claim for which it falls FAR short), he’s having a hard time looking credible these days. The ‘Proof of Heaven’ Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science – Esther Zuckerman – The Atlantic Wire. A book called…