Are Psychics Coming Aboard, Too?

This was news to me: Patheos has an Astrology channel: It features gems like this: Pluto goes direct today in Capricorn closely squaring Uranus in Aries. Mercury, the planet of communication just went into Libra, the sign of balance and fairness; add to that the Sun going into Libra for the Autumnal Equinox on Saturday [Read More…]

A Lesson in Covering Pseudoscience

Paul Fidalgo alerted me to two interesting takes on a recent meta-analysis of acupuncture research. The research wanted to know if there was evidence supporting acupuncture’s usage over no acupuncture and “fake” acupuncture. Let’s see what the Associated Press said about the research in its opening paragraph: Acupuncture gets a thumbs-up for helping relieve pain [Read More…]

Help a Nigerian Humanist Study Witch Camps

Leo Igwe is one of the good guys. He lives in Nigeria and he’s studying the “witch camps” of Northern Ghana. Basically, women who are accused of being witches are expelled from their villages — and if they’re not lynched, they may end up in these camps. But how do these camps operate? How are [Read More…]

A Psychic Comes Clean About His Trickery in New Book

Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times has the story of a psychic who is finally admitting that he was faking it all along. The subject, Mark Edward (no relation to John Edward), has written a new book — with a foreword by James Randi — titled Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium. In [Read More…]

How Do Exorcists Operate?

For some reason, Pastor Michael Mohr and University of Kentucky adjunct professor Kenneth D. Royal surveyed 170 self-professed exorcists (PDF) to get an idea of what they believe. (Had they asked me, I could’ve just said “in bullshit” and saved them all this trouble…) Anyway, here’s what they found: … today’s self-professed exorcists don’t see [Read More…]


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