Murdered Man’s Brother Slams ‘Psychic Detectives’

Keith Bennett was murdered in 1964 but his body has never been found, but a group of "paranormal investigators" have been trying to help find him. The victim's brother Alan is not happy about that and hasn't been for a long time, calling them frauds who are of no help at all. … [Read more...]

Get Your Homeopathic First Aid Kit

Paul Fidalgo's Morning Heresy is a must-read for me and Tuesday he introduced me to something I did not know existed, a homeopathic first aid kit. It's being sold on Amazon and it's so absurd that I have to wonder if it's a joke. Or it could just be that the company sees a niche to exploit. … [Read more...]

Belief in Astrology Goes Up

Chris Mooney reports on a new survey that shows that a higher percentage of Americans believe that astrology is at least somewhat scientific than at any time in more than 30 years. That's kind of depressing, don't you think? It feels like a blow to scientific progress to me. … [Read more...]

A Bizarre New Claim on the Shroud of Turin

Sharon Hill reports on a bizarre new "theory" from some Italian researchers that the Shroud of Turin may be real because there might have been an earthquake and that earthquake might have released neutrons and those neutrons might have been capable of creating such imprints. The Telegraph has the details: … [Read more...]

National Geographic Lies to Kids

I am so glad I got the hell out of ScienceBlogs when National Geographic bought the site. As if the pseudo-scientific crap on their cable channel wasn't bad enough, now they're flat out lying to kids. This is the cover of the latest issue of National Geographic for Kids: … [Read more...]

Another Positive Thinking Fraud

I've made no secret of my utter loathing for the whole concept of motivational speaking, "life coaches" and the entire new agey, positive thinking racket. Here's an example that practically makes my skin crawl, a con artists named MaryAnn D’Ambrosio, "Ph.D." It's a deck of cards that promises: … [Read more...]

Another Marks Family ‘Psychic” Goes to Prison

I've written before about Rose Marks, the "psychic" who was convicted of fraud but has not yet been sentenced. Now her "top lieutenant" -- her daughter -- has been sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to repay $2.2 million in restitution. … [Read more...]

Ooh, 2014 ‘Psychic’ Predictions

It's a new year and that means a whole new set of yearly predictions from "psychics" that won't come true at a rate above chance unless they're so vague or obvious that anyone could predict them. Lamont Hamilton, who predicted that in 2013 Congress would pass comprehensive immigration reform, the UN would pass a global tax, that Justice Ginsburg would retire and many more misses, has a few more: … [Read more...]

‘Real’ Crop Circles and ‘Fake’ Crop Circles

The world knows now that the various woo-masters of the world were predictably taken in by a fancy crop circle shaped like a computer chip in Salinas, California. And yes, that should be embarrassing for them. But Ben Radford makes what I think is a very odd statement about it: … [Read more...]

Yeah, About That Crop Circle…

A couple weeks ago a new crop circle -- okay, more like a square -- suddenly appeared in a field in Salinas, California. The citizens of Bullshitville (which I'm pretty sure is in New Mexico) immediately got all excited. Aliens! Evidence of Aliens! The Worldnetdaily fell for it hook, line and sinker, even presenting an "exclusive" video from someone's cell phone of "mysterious" lights coming from the field where it was discovered. … [Read more...]

Pat Robertson’s 2014 Predictions

As he does every year, Pat Robertson went up to his mountaintop retreat and spoke to God, who gave him a long list of predictions for 2014. Of course, two years ago God allegedly told him that Mitt Romney would win the presidency. Hey Pat, were you lying then or was God? … [Read more...]

Another Scam: A ‘Past Life Coach’

If there's anything more ridiculous than having or being a "life coach" it would be having a "past life coach." And that's exactly what a massage therapist in Fargo, North Dakota has declared herself with the help of "North Dakota's #1 news website." … [Read more...]