Taking the Pro-Truth Pledge

Gleb Tsipursky messaged me about the Pro-Truth Pledge that he and others have launched, an effort to get writers and public intellectuals to pledge to make every effort to ensure that the information they share with their readers or listeners is accurate and supported by the evidence. From the website: … [Read more...]

Stop Taking Health Advice from Celebrities

I have always found it bizarre how much stock we put in things said by celebrities. If someone is a good actor or singer or athlete, for some reason we buy the products they endorse. They don't get paid millions of dollars because no one listens to them. Michelle Dickinson points out the obvious: … [Read more...]

Tavris and Aronson Explain Cognitive Dissonance

Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson, authors of the amazing book Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me), have an article on the CSICOP website explaining cognitive dissonance theory and why it's one of the key ways that we undermine our own rationality. … [Read more...]

Fake ‘Psychic’ Doesn’t Want You to Question Her Abilities

Fake "psychic" Teresa Caputo, the "Long Island Medium," has a new book out and she's promoting it with interviews full of the kind of empty blathering you would predict. She wonders why skeptics can't just let people believe in her ability to talk to their dead loved ones. … [Read more...]

Twenty Years of Humanism in Nigeria

This is a guest post by my friend Leo Igwe, a tireless activist for humanism and against the many barbarities of religion in his native Nigeria and all of Africa. In it, he celebrates twenty years of the Nigeria Humanist Movement, which he founded, and the good that it has done. … [Read more...]

When Real Medicine and Fake Medicine Co-Exist in Same Institution

Last week a doctor at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic wrote an op-ed attacking vaccines and it prompted quite a furor. But the key to the story is that he's the head of the Cleveland Clinic's "Wellness Institute," which provides all manner of homeopathic and evidence-free "medicine." Nor is this arrangement unusual. From Stat News: … [Read more...]

Most Gay Men are Possessed by Female Ghosts

The Spiritual Research Foundation says that their studies show that 85% of gay men are possessed by female ghosts. And they have a very rigorous methodology for determining that, including "seekers of God" with a "sixth sense." … [Read more...]

FTC Finally Cracking Down on Homeopathic Marketing Claims

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that it will now hold OTC homeopathic drugs to the same marketing standards as science-based medicine, meaning they will have to meet a higher standard for efficacy and safety in their advertising. … [Read more...]

Shocker: Miss Cleo’s ‘Psychics’ Were Fakes

From the Department of the Least Surprising News Ever, a former "psychic" for the Miss Cleo "psychic" network has an op-ed in the New York Times admitting that it was all a big con job. I frankly have a difficult time feeling sorry for those who fall for such frauds. … [Read more...]

Modern Conservatism and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Dr. Amy Tuteur writes about the Dunning-Kruger effect, which I imagine most of my readers know is the phenomenon where those who know the least about a subject often feel incredible confidence in their understanding of it, even over above actual experts in the field. … [Read more...]

‘Spiritual Healer’ Robs Stupid People

In Tyler, Texas, police are looking for a "spiritual healer" who robbed several people in town with a scam so ridiculous that it's difficult to feel any sympathy for the victims. Did these people never watch Scooby Doo growing up? … [Read more...]

Alex Jones’ Supplement Scams

Like many other right-wingers, Alex Jones makes a lot of money selling health care scams to his credulous followers. And he knows exactly what buttons to push to get them to buy them. The government doesn't want you to know this! Get it before it's banned! … [Read more...]