A Psychic Class for Children

There’s a summer camp for children ages 5-10 in Colorado where the kids play games and sing and draw… Sounds good so far. Then you hear about what else they do and you discover this is basically a camp for con-artists-in-the-making: When they’re ready, kids can also learn how to read auras, set energetic boundaries, [Read More…]

There’s No Angel In This Picture of the Aurora Victims’ Vigil

Quick: What do you see in this picture of the sky above the site for the Aurora tragedy victims’ vigil? If you said “Clouds,” you would be correct. If you said “An angel,” then, um, you would be Crystal Fuller: Crystal Fuller took the photo after the vigil was finished Sunday night, but said she [Read More…]

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…]