Category Archives: woo

HuffPo and Oprah tout a fake psychic

Dougall Fraser describes himself as an “author, host, psychic, and cosmic coach.” He also reads auras and has called himself “the queer guy with the third eye.” In other words, he’s a fraud. His website gives a bit of his history: Dougall knew at a very early age that he saw the world and others differently. […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Pancake Earth

You’ve probably heard that flat-Earthism is in the news:  flat-Earth-believing rapper B.o.B is having a Twi**er duel with Neil deGrasse Tyson about the shape of our planet. (Tyson also created a 3-minute rap, “Flat to Fact”.) I was also astounded to hear that there are still flat-Earthers around, and they have their own society. It’s not a […]

E! about to debut new show starring a psychic “grief vampire”

As Susan Gerbic (head of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia) reports on the Center for Inquiry site, the t.v. entertainment network E! is going the route of the History Channel—touting the paranormal. The “psychic” in question is one Tyler Henry, also touted as a “Celebrity Clairvoyant” or the “Hollywood Medium”, he’s very young (just 20) and good-looking, […]

In which I’m asked to promulgate woo

I got this email yesterday; the name of the sender is redacted to protect the odious. I’ve added links to the email, and my comments are in brackets: Hello, My name is [redacted] and I’m an associate producer at Prometheus Studios in Los Angeles. It’s nice to meet you! I’m writing because I currently work on […]

Cold fusion back in the spotlight (courtesy of Templeton)

Reader Michael called my attention to a pair of dueling articles about cold fusion. You may remember the kerfuffle about this issue, first reported as a viable process by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons in 1989, who said they could effect nuclear fusion at room temperature, a process previously thought possible only at extremely high temperatures. If their finding […]

The sad news: Americans’ beliefs about Christmas

Sophisticated Theologians™ tell us all the time that only Biblical literalists or fundamentalists believe the stories in the Bible. God is, they say, much more “nuanced,” and most believers are closer to Kierkegaard than to Ken Ham. Well, I call bullshit on that. Look at a new Pew Poll giving “Five Facts about Christmas in […]

Rupert Murdoch’s National Geographic celebrates the Virgin Mary

Many of you probably know that in September Rupert Murdoch recent acquired the long-esteemed magazine National Geographic. And when he did so, he fired dozens of its employees, stirring up worries about what would happen to the magazine. As Reverb Press noted: The National Geographic Society has long stood for science, research, and investigation. Murdoch’s companies […]

Krista Tippett annoys me again

The one disadvantage of shopping very early on Saturday morning is that, if I’m unlucky enough to be driving after 7 a.m., I’ll have to listen to Krista Tippett’s “On Being” show on National Public Radio. The show was formerly called “On Faith,” but, probably realizing that the religious overtones might cost her listeners, Tippett changed the name. […]

FDA reportedly will take on homeopathy

We all know that homeopathy is a complete scam. Its conceptual basis alone renders it at once laughable and scary, while studies of its efficacy always show nothing above placebo effects. And yet the stuff is sold where apparently intelligent people shop, including Whole Foods and the Davis, California Food Coop, a place I used […]

Chopra and Tanzi’s new book described in NY Post; I get in a lick

Intellectual stimulation will be thin today in favor of entertainment, as I got nothin’. A quick note, though, I was interviewed by Elizabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post on the topic about Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi’s new book Super Genes: Unlock the Astonishing Power of your DNA for Optimum Health and Well-Being (no, I’m not […]

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