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Skeptics in Vegas: The Amazing Meeting 2014 brought cheers, smiles and a call for education

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The premier gathering for advocates of evidence-based skepticism and critical thinking, THE AMAZING MEETING (TAM), the annual conference run by the James Randi Education Foundation, took place from July 10-13 in Las Vegas. James (The Amazing) Randi, aged 85, one of the world’s greatest living magicians and conjurers, was very accessible throughout the several days, taking photos…

Cheeky Chopra’s fatuous challenge

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Deepak Chopra, the egotistical “guru” with a bee in his bonnet about “debunkers”, issues a ridiculous, nonsensical “challenge” to Randi and the skeptics. I challenge the non “amazing” Randi & his professional debunkers & skeptics to explain normal experience & offer them a $1 million prize. It is not the skeptic’s job to prove anything or…

Dennis Markuze, notorious harasser ‘Mabus’, admits threats in court

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Many new readers will not know the story of Dennis Markuze. But skeptics and atheists who have been around for a few years will have experienced the messages, spam, tweets and general harassment by this disturbed individual better known as “David Mabus” and notorious for his Depeche Mode references and incoherent YouTube vids. He was…

Anti-Vaccination Network in Australia picks new name, digs at “skepticism” (UPDATED)

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The infamous anti-vaccination group AVN in Australia is shrewd and apparently evil. There is no question their new name is designed to deliberate conflate the issues of skepticism and vaccination safety and to get under the skin of the scientific skepticism advocates that have done a good job at discrediting the AVN’s misinformation campaigns. Australian…

Former “skeptic” is now an exorcist trainer

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I use the term “skeptic” VERY loosely, because he is not using evidence but is simply too credulous. However, this sounds an awful lot like a testable claim… hmm. Local Psychologist A Former Skeptic, Now Trains Priests In Exorcisms. Quoted without corrections: A local psychologist is an expert who is traveling around the world to…

Mann suit to procede. Also don’t say “skeptic” when you mean “denier”.

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Yay yay yay yay. I’m sick of yahoos thinking that science is just a belief system and getting away with intimidating researchers. Also, “Skeptic” is REALLY used inappropriately here. Are there any ideologues worse than climate change deniers? I think I would rather deal with creationists. I left a comment on Mother Jones linking to…

Manufactured doubt and made-up science of climate denialists

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Merchants of Doubt they are. Climate denialists warp and concoct their own faulty science to counteract well-accepted methods and conclusions. Are they making headway? It’s hard to say but there are many who will NEVER accept global climate change because they simply refuse out of ignorance. Climate Skeptic Groups Launch Global Anti-Science Campaign – Bloomberg.…

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

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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…

Local news would rather bank on truth of demonic tale but quotes Skeptic

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Thumbs down to the Pocono Record (PA) for dissing a skeptical take in the headline about a demonic story. The article itself is pretty fair so I question the editor. Paranormal skeptic rains on Stroudsburg’s devil tale | PoconoRecord.com. For several days in February 1983, Don Decker was possessed by a demonic force that caused…

Antiscience overtakes science in the Weblog Awards

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The “Bloggies” seem to have been gamed by climate change denialists who have scuttled the science category. Climate sceptics ‘capture’ the Weblog Awards science category. When this year’s shortlists were released earlier this week, not only was the science or technology category flooded with climate sceptics blogs, but they had also spread into other categories,…

Dr. Burzynski’s very busy day

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Dr. Burzynski is very busy today…It’s his birthday too. BURZYNSKI CRITICS HAND CONTROVERSIAL DOCTOR A “BIRTHDAY PRESENT” Skeptical group says the 70-year old peddles unproven cancer treatments to desperate patients This morning, a group calling itself Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients (SPCP) has delivered controversial cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski a birthday present: a…

Editorial – Looking for the best answer: Sorry it burst your paranormal balloon

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Lately, there is a thing going around web sites that promote fringe ideas. They enjoy bashing James “The Amazing” Randi, one of the world’s most prominent skeptics and unveiler of charlatans. I suppose it’s not new, but I see it a lot lately. There have even been several attempts to personally discredit him. Many commenters try to…

Dr. Paul Kurtz, philosopher, skeptic, humanist, has died

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Paul Kurtz, skeptic and humanist, has died at age 86. Kurtz was at the forefront of the modern skeptical movement. He founded the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, CSICOP which later became the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and Prometheus Books. American Atheists first posted on their Facebook page of his passing. American…

Ancient Aliens Debunked by Biblical literalist (Updated: Flood myth debunked)

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Many paranormal and mysterious news websites have been abuzz about the free and available documentary called “Ancient Aliens Debunked” by Chris White which rips down the History Channel show “Ancient Aliens” that gives credence to unsupported speculation about aliens visiting earth. (You can safely dump the whole thing into the pseudoscience bin.) This new documentary…

Police attempt to arrest Indian skeptic Sanal Edamaruku

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A followup to this story: Indian skeptic charged with blasphemy for revealing a miracle hoax This happened earlier today. Police in Sanal’s house to arrest him. 4 July 2012.This morning, officers of the Delhi Police reached Sanal Edamaruku’s house to arrest him. They came upon directions of a Delhi court to execute an arrest warrant…

CSIcon 2012 in Nashville

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Join me and many great presenters at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry’s conference, CSIcon this October 25–28, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee The Conference Dedicated to Science and Skeptical Inquiry. Science and reason are taking quite a beating lately. Popular culture, academia, and even the halls of government seem swarmed with alternative medicine hucksters, extraterrestrial conspiracies,…

Commentary: And now for something completely different…

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      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…

Skeptics on TV: Anderson Cooper allows the rational voices to be heard regarding aliens

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TV Skeptic: A 'balanced' discussion of UFOs on 'Anderson' – latimes.com. Anderson Cooper presented a show on “Are we being visited by aliens from space?”. Now, the topic itself caters to the sensational aspect of news that Anderson has taken up, with celebrity interviews being the other half of the daytime talk show. But, he…