Just Because TED Doesn’t Promote Pseudoscience Doesn’t Mean They’re Censoring Deepak Chopra

The TED talks you see online tend to be pretty awesome. But that’s partially because we only get to see a small fraction of all the talks given at TED and TEDx conferences. Most of the talks never appear online because the content is curated and filtered. Anyone who has seen TED talks knows that they’re about spreading interesting ideas and starting fascinating conversations, even if you strongly disagree with what’s being said. As content providers, the TED staff isn’t opposed to controversy — nothing generates better discussion than a controversial topic — but the staff is also aware that they can’t post talks that are based in bullshit.

A few months ago, a letter was sent out to the TEDx community informing them of the guidelines they should use when selecting speakers. Among them: Don’t invite people who use bad science or pseudoscience in their talks.

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Homeopathy: Money for Nothing

The James Randi Educational Foundation just released the first in a series of videos featuring magician Jamy Ian Swiss as the “Honest Liar.” This one tackles homeopathy:

Homeopathic medicine: The only thing it cures is a fat wallet. [Read more…]

The Con Academy

So this is where all those psychics get their advanced degrees from…

Nice phone number :) [Read more…]

These Venn Diagrams Are Getting Out of Control

Inspired by Crispian Jago, Dehydration Station has made an updated, more complicated, and still-being-revised “Organized Collection of Irrational Nonsense” (click to enlarge):

Glad to see Scientology’s position still hasn’t changed. [Read more…]

The Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense

Coming off of his last viral hit, Crispian Jago has updated and re-released one of his classic graphics, the Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense:

You’re gonna want to click on that image, zoom in, and look around. It’s amazing how many crazy things some people can believe… [Read more…]