Tag Archive for skeptic

YouTube-Google lends a welcome hand to UFO debunkers

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It’s happened to lots of websites: criticism (or just a mention) of a product or a person results in an overreaction with an inappropriate claim of copyright infringement. How can you soundly explain the reasoning for why you think a certain photo is a bear, not a Bigfoot or that a UFO video is a hoax unless…

Markuze (Mabus) to be sentenced tomorrow (UPDATE – now June)

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Doubtful News and yours truly have been harassed by Dennis Markuze for several years. Most recently, under the name Arnold Ruge [corrected]. There is news of his recent situation. Man who made online threats to be sentenced Thursday | Montreal Gazette. A Quebec Court judge is expected to be presented with a joint sentencing recommendation…

James Randi retires from foundation at age 86

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James “The Amazing” Randi, world-renowned magician and advocate for science-based skepticism, is stepping down from the Board of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). In statements released today on the JREF website, Randi announced his retirement from the JREF, and the Board regretfully accepted it. But, Mr. Randi noted, he’s got a few tricks left…

The BIG difference between skeptics and deniers

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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…

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…

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…

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…

Nothing can erase the good you’ve done, Brian Dunning

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There is now an update to this post from October 2011. Skeptoid’s Brian Dunning accused of wire fraud. Please click and read in its entirety this post: » A Skeptical Tragedy The Skeptical Abyss. […] according to the superseding information, the wire fraud involved causing cookies to be installed on internet users’ computers without their…

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…

When NO data will change your mind, you must go on Faux News

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Manipulation of the news, manufactured controversy and misuse of the word skeptic. Just another day at Fox News. False balance: Fox News demands a recount on US’ warmest year | Ars Technica. Just days after NOAA released its reading of last year’s US temperatures, Fox responded with a report in which it questions whether NOAA…

Skeptoid Wins Stitcher’s Best Science Podcast

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Congratulations to Brian Dunning and Skeptoid! Skepticblog » Skeptoid Wins the 2012 Stitcher Award for Best Science Podcast. I’m proud to say that Skeptoid won the Best Science category, and Skeptics Guide to the Universe is listed at the top of the runners-up in the category, which (I hope) means they came in second in…

20th Anniversary of Skeptic Magazine

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Skeptic magazine and the Skeptics Society celebrates 20 years. And “skeptics” sure have changed. Skeptic » eSkeptic » Wednesday, November 14th, 2012. At the time we founded the Skeptics Society there was a great deal of debate about the wisdom of using the term “skeptic.” Was it too negative? Did it sound to much like…

The Bolingbrook Babbler: 14 years of jaunty jesting

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Talk about DOUBTFUL NEWS!! The Bolingbrook Babbler: The Babbler celebrates 14 years on the Internet. Fourteen years ago, a Bolingbrook resident walked into our office and said he could get us on the World Wide Web. I was skeptical, but I was willing to give him a chance. In November of that year, he put…

Commentary: A new look. The eyes have it.

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Hello Doubtful News readers. Welcome to our remodeled site! I hope you like the new theme as much as we do. We’ve also revamped the mobile site, Facebook and Twitter pages. We took your advice from the survey we conducted two months ago and spiffied things up a bit. I thought this would be a…

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…

A climate change denier studies the data, changes his opinion

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Even the naysayers have now changed there minds. Well, some have. This is an update to this story from October: SCIENCE WIN: A skeptical physicist ends up confirming climate data Richard Muller writes in the New York Times: The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that,…