Tag Archive for skepticism

Continue, we must: US needs critical thinking advocates to step up and be heard

The DN/15 Credibility Street crew took a break yesterday because writing and talking about most things besides the election results seemed frivolous. We postponed our scheduled recording of the podcast because we weren’t in the right frame of mind, but by the end of the day, I saw many of the dejected pick themselves up,…

It’s the season for the word “skeptic” to be overly used and abused

Oh, dear. Every Halloween-themed story out this week about ghosts and monsters and the people who seek them will invariably have the term “skeptic” in it. This person is the group’s “skeptic” or this person “was a skeptic until…” Most egregious are those who are completely gullible and pooh-pooh the skeptical process as being “closed-minded”…

Robert Todd Carroll of The Skeptic’s Dictionary has died

Skeptical Inquirer Facebook page announced just yesterday that uber-Skeptic Bob Carroll passed away on August 25 of pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. He was 71. A former professor teaching Philosophy and Critical Thinking at Sacramento City College for over 30 years Bob shared his knowledge in the form of the HUGE compendium of skepticism, The Skeptic’s Dictionary. From…

Facts may no longer matter in this election but fact-checking and skeptical activism works

It’s the day after the big debate and media outlets like Politifact, Factcheck.org, AP, and NPR have their fact-checking (FC) machines churning at full speed since 9PM last evening. As a Skeptic who values solid evidence and empirical facts, I deeply appreciate FC but I strongly suspect that facts and examinations of truthfulness and accuracy…

Dr. Wallace Sampson, advocate for science-based medicine, dies

Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away on May 25, 2015 in California. We are very saddened at the news and remember Dr. Sampson’s great contributions to the public discussion about “alternative medicine”. Wallace Sampson Obituary Dr. Sampson was the editor in chief of the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, a blogger and editor emeritus at Science-Based Medicine,…

James Randi retires from foundation at age 86

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 Saga of Psychic Sally and the Persistent Skeptics

Sally Morgan calls herself “the original 21st Century medium.” Her Facebook page has over 93K “likes”. Her bio reads: Sally’s sell out theatre shows have been seen by a staggering half a million people, her hit television shows are watched by millions and her books are best-sellers! With her unique personality, refreshing approach and uncanny…

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…

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

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…

U.K. woo-woo mag slams skeptics causing them trouble. Hilarity ensues.

The notoriously bad rag What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You has gone bonkers on their Facebook page. Nothing unusual there. Guy Chapman gives us an update of the nonsense going on as they decry skeptical activists who are making a difference (and causing WDDTY heartburn). WDDTY goes “the full Errol” @ Guy Chapman’s Blahg. The fake health…

2.5 million views of two minutes and eighteen seconds of stupid

What? More conspiracy nonsense making the rounds? I’m shocked! No I’m not. I’m tired of this s**t and that’s exactly what it is. It’s making people paranoid and STUPID. Conspiracy videos of 9/11 on Facebook: People should be responsible for what they share on social media. It’s 2:18 long, and it makes basically one claim:…

“At first I was skeptical” is a convincing ploy, unless you are wise to it

A new paper was just published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology that is further confirmation of something skeptics of the paranormal and alt med treatments have noticed for a long time. It’s called the “avowal of prior skepticism”. This is a narrative device used by a person telling a story in which…

Some funny quantum entanglement business on Deepak Chopra’s Wikipedia page

We posted recently about the kerfuffle between Rupert Sheldrake, Deepak Chopra and the head of the Guerrilla Skepticism project on Wikipedia, Susan Gerbic. The rantings of Chopra took an interesting turn when people started looking into his own Wikipedia page. He who lives in glass houses, yada yada yada… Quantum variations in Wikipedia rules –…

Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia keeps keepin’ on

You may have seen the mumbling grumbles from non-skeptics like Rupert Sheldrake, Deepak Chopra and The Daily Grail regarding Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia, a fantastic project from Susan Gerbic and crew. I am amazed at how much progress gets made. Here is a recent update. Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia: Egg Balancing and more (lots more)…