Tag Archive for pseudoscience

Gender studies journal hoax reveals you can publish utter nonsense (Updated)

A pair of skeptical scholars pulled off a hoax publication (in, dare I say it, a “dick” move) to expose problems with the field of gender studies and, ultimately, the peer review and publishing process for scholarly journals. Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay wrote “3,000 words of utter nonsense posing as academic scholarship” and had…

Tabloid pseudoscience alert: Alien claw

The usual tabloid suspects are hyping a non-story about the finding of an “alien claw” in Peru. ALIEN investigators claim this giant hand is REAL and could have come from a dead extra terrestrial being. Source: Researcher Brien Foerster claims ‘giant hand from Peru cave’ could be of alien origin | Daily Express and Institute…

15 Credibility Street #7 – Big old problem: they might be giants

In this episode, I talk with Jason Colavito about giants, angels and monsters. Or, giant monster angels, who may be anti-diluvians or Atlantians, and who watch, though I’m not sure what and why the hell they are watching. They may be Bigfoot ancestors, or space aliens, or demons, or sons of God, or just “men…

Shark-repelling device rather dramatically fails real-world test (Update)

See update below for response from the Sharkbanz company. A product called “Sharkbanz” is getting some terrible publicity today as a Florida teenager wearing the magnet bracelet was bitten by a shark prompting questions about how useful this product actually is. Wearing shark repelling band, Teen gets attacked by shark Zack Davis was a lifelong…

Dead or alive psychic experiment results pulled from neuroscience journal

Some paranormal proponents are crying foul and “censorship” over the retraction of a paper claiming to support clairvoyance. The paper: Prediction of Mortality Based on Facial Characteristics by Delorme, A., Pierce, A., Michel, L., and Radin, D. (2016). Front. Hum. Neurosci. 10:173. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00173 was published in May of 2016 and officially retracted in early October. The…

On newsstands now… paranormal pandering from previously reputable sources

National Geographic has a special issue out featuring “Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed”: Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories that only National Geographic could discover. Ripped from the headlines of National Geographic Daily News, these often weird, sometimes miraculous…

Elongated skull find in Russia hijacked for pseudoarchaeology ideas

UFO watchers are in a tizz over the discovery of an ancient skeleton with an elongated skull that resembles an ALIEN. The humanoid skeleton was unearthed from a site known as Russia’s Stonehenge and it is being heralded as proof that aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago. Researcher Maria Makurova told Russian news agency…

Anti-vax doctor dead of apparent suicide; conspiracists fired up (UPDATE on Bradstreet raid)

There is an update on why the federal government searched Bradstreet’s offices. See below. Originally published on June 24, 2015 Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet, who goes by Jeff Bradstreet, an autism researcher who ran a clinic that endorsed pseudoscientific cures on autism patients and others, has died by apparent suicide on June 19. For several days over the…

What happened to the dinosaurs? They are used to indoctrinate children

DN Reader David O’Hare passed along a tip to me yesterday to try googling: “What happened to the dinosaurs”. Here is the surprising and highly misguided result: The top result is from Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham‘s fundamentalist, anti-science, Christian group who believes that dinosaurs existed with humans and they are really a means to fool…

A baaaaad news piece from Baaaaath

Local UK paper gives a crank and his preposterous idea exposure. The Bath Chronicle should sheepishly explain why this qualifies as news. Solar eclipse killed my sheep, says Gloucestershire farmer A farmer from Gloucestershire reckons two of his sheep were killed by the solar eclipse. Rob Taylor found two of his flock of around 250 ewes dead…

Is the fate of the NHS really written in the stars? Tredinnick thinks so.

As most people in Great Britain will know, there is a general election approaching, which usually means that issues that have been bubbling over for awhile tend to come to the forefront. This election’s political hot-potato has thus far been the NHS (National Health Service). Few would deny that the NHS is facing something of…

Teen treated for “environmental sensitivity” commits suicide, doctor reprimanded

On December 15, 2014, the Disciplinary Committee of the Ontario College found that a medical doctor committed an act of professional misconduct, in that she has failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession with respect to one patient. She treated her for environmental sensitivities when she instead had psychological problems. There seems…

There shall be no mocking of astrology in India!

I disagree fully. Therefore… commence mocking. Astrology is like astronomy, says BJP MP Ramesh Pokhariyal Astrology is like astronomy, claimed a BJP member in the Lok Sabha, drawing protests from some opposition members. While making references to traditional practices such as astrology and ayurveda, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said that among others, concept of atom, was…

Alternative to health: The Telegraph does a totally credulous piece on naturopathy

There is so much pseudoscience being spouted off in this piece it’s hard to keep track of it all. A smorgasbord of nonsense health treatment claims. Alternative health: what is naturopathy?. It is perhaps easier to list what the naturopath Katrin Hempel doesn’t offer her clients than what she does. “Bioresonance and live blood analysis,…

U.K. paper posts the year’s worst story on dowsing (UPDATE: Dowsing is pseudoscience)

What a bizarre article! “Scientists”? Dowsing is a science? No details? Complete rubbish. (I’m picking up the UK lingo…) Dowsing discovers plague pit in Tunbridge Wells. | Kent and Sussex Courier. A trio of scientists claim to have made the gory discovery after exploring the popular town centre park. They tested a secluded part of…

Pseudoscientific technology for Australian rugby team

This piece that appeared in the Australian media is full of errors, false assumptions and credulity. Just awful! A National rugby team is using controversial new technology to up their game. Or not. Revealed: Sports science secrets of the South Sydney Rabbitohs as they head into grand final. THIS is the top-secret sports science technology…

Pseudoscience techniques rampant in schools because they sound like quick fixes

A skeptical parapsychologists tells it like it is at an education conference – teachers embrace nonsense learning ideas because quick fixes are appealing. Long-term meaningful changes are hard. ‘Pseudoscience has nested in schools’ – news – TES. When Nick Rose worked as a parapsychologist, his job was to investigate why people believed they had been…

Victor J. Stenger dies at 79

A physicist, author and renowned skeptic has passed away. Dr. Victor J. Stenger was an advocate against psychics, pseudoscience and religion. Stenger, a retired elementary particle physicist and author of thirteen books, was a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Center for Inquiry. He served as President of the Colorado Citizens for…

Ghost hunting at the museum with XBOX LASER technology!

The Laurel Museum in Laurel, Maryland is supposedly haunted. A group of ghost hunters was called and did some investigating. Or did they? I wouldn’t call it investigating… Is the Laurel Museum haunted?. The Laurel Museum is operated by the Laurel Historical Society out of a restored 19th-century mill worker’s house adjacent to Riverfront Park.…