Category Archives: woo

Krista Tippett talks for an hour, says nothing

In case there aren’t enough self-help books on the market, the unctuous Krista Tippett has decided to contribute her own. Out April 5, it bears the portentous title Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. This was brought to my attention by reader Jane, who heard Tippett interviewed by Michael Krasny on […]

De Niro pulls his anti-vaxxer film and explains why

As Greg and I posted yesterday, Robert De Niro pushed to have Andrew Wakefield’s new film, ““Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” included in the Tribeca Film Festival. He and his wife have an autistic child, which might explain why he was so gung-ho on showing a film that paints Wakefield as a hero and the […]

A disgraceful movie, but a good newspaper article

by Greg Mayer Update: The Tribeca Film Festival has pulled the film, apparently in response to widespread criticism. Details at Jezebel. Thanks to reader horrabin for the alert.   Jerry has taken note of the upcoming showing at the Tribeca Film Festival of a ‘documentary’ by the disgraced and de-licensed British physician Andrew Wakefield.(And  Orac […]

With push from Robert De Niro, Tribeca film festival screens Andrew Wakefield’s anti-vaxer movie

Get this: a new film about the dangers of vaccination,“Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” has been co-written and directed by none other than Andrew Wakefield. Wakefield, of course, is the discredited doctor whose duplicity and fraud in connecting the MMR vaccine with autism led to his downfall, and to the revocation of his license to practice […]

Parade Magazine publishes uncritical article about (goddy) miracle cures

Reader Leon alerted me to a Parade Magazine article in the online Denver Post, “Do you believe in miracles?” (The answer, by the way, is “You SHOULD!”) Parade is the nation’s most widely-circulated magazine (32 million), as it appears each Sunday in over 700 U.S. newspapers. Because of its reach, Carl Sagan used to write for Parade, and […]

Postmodern Glacier professor defends his dreadful study as “misunderstood”. It wasn’t.

Along with three co-authors, Mark Carey, a dean and professor of history at Robert D. Clark Honors college at the University of Oregon, recently published a dreadful postmodernist paper in Progress in Human Geography, “Glaciers, gender and science: A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research.” (reference and link below).  I wrote about it on […]

Canadian parents killed their kid by withholding medical care in favor of maple syrup and berries

Even the rational Canadians have a sprinkling of loons among them, and by that I mean human loons, not the ones on the one-dollar coins.  The latest pair is David and Collet Stephan of Alberta, whose son, Ezekiel, became ill with meningitis four years ago. As the CBC reports, Ezekiel was ill for several weeks, but the […]

Newsweek uncritically praises skill of Brazilian psychic surgeon—and touts other woo

I can only stand by helplessly as major magazines like National Geographic, and now Newsweek, tout spiritual woo, misleading people and, in the case of the latest Newsweek issue, even causing harm. Here’s their Special Issue on Spiritual Living, which Newsweek describes this way: To live a spiritual life is to be better connected with […]

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 […]


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