21 Injured After Walking Across Hot Coals at Tony Robbins Seminar

Ever seen people walk across hot coals? They can do it because coal is a poor conductor of heat and, if you walk fast enough, you should be ok. Richard Wiseman offers a brief explanation here: New age-y motivational speaker Tony Robbins uses the demonstration in many of his seminars. On Thursday night, at an [Read More…]

Fortune Teller Wins First Amendment Case in Louisiana

A Louisiana fortune-teller and Tarot card reader has just successfully defended her First Amendment rights — but not the rights you’re (probably) thinking of. The city of Alexandria, LA enacted an ordinance in 2011 that made it “unlawful for any person to engage in the business or practice of palmistry, card reading, astrology, fortune-telling, phrenology, [Read More…]

Where Religion and Pseudoscience Meet

If there was a Venn diagram of religious claims and pseudoscientific claims, this would be the intersection: A pastor in Christchurch, New Zealand has been handing out a magical “health juice” to cure people. Instead of taking their medication. For $60 a pop. Registered social worker and trauma counsellor To’alepai Louella Thomsen-Inder said the minister [Read More…]

Indian Rationalist Still in Hiding After Debunking ‘Miracle’

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an update to the story of Sanal Edamaruku, head of the Indian based Rationalist International, who has been forced into hiding in Finland. In case you forgot, Sanal had debunked a supposed “miracle” at a Catholic church in Mumbai and faced arrest for “deliberately hurting religious feelings.” Sanal has [Read More…]

FOX News Asks Whether Your Zodiac Sign Determines Your Diet

Yesterday on Fox & Friends, Astrologer Sharon Ward attempted to explain how your zodiac sign should guide your diet: You know your theory is full of shit when even Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade say out loud that they’re not buying it. (Meanwhile, Gretchen Carlson appeared to accept the whole thing, no questions asked.) (Thanks [Read More…]


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