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Stop Sylvia Browne

What a lovely way to start the New Year, catching up on all the blogging I missed while I was on vacation. While doing so, via Skeptico, I came across a most worthy project: Stop Sylvia Browne. In this site, Rob Lancaster has accumulated in one easy stop a lot of useful information that helps…

Yawn. More Choprawoo.

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get a bit bored with Deepak Chopra. He’s like the Energizer Bunny of woo; he just keeps going and going and going and going. Unfortunately, one of his sycophants going under the ‘nym “ChopraFan” appears to have infested my blog, posting plugs for Chopra’s latest idiocy…

Wading through more Choprawoo

I tried not to do it. I really did. I tried to resist the temptation to respond to Deepak Chopra’s latest incursions into woo as he flailed futilely at Richard Dawkins’ arguments for science. Fortunately, PZ Myers and MarkCC have been around to take down his idiocy. But then I thought about it Why should…

A “reality” television show is being developed in Israel that has to be about the biggest misnomer I’ve ever heard. You see, infamous fake “spoon bender” Uri Geller is doing a televisions show in which he seeks an “heir” to his psychic/telekinetic throne: JERUSALEM (Reuters) – After four decades of bending spoons, halting clocks, reading…

It seems like only yesterday that I was fisking yet another piece of seriously irritating woo from that expert purveyor of woo, Deepak Chopra. In fact, it was only yesterday that I was fisking part two of Chopra’s woo-filled The Trouble With Genes series. As I mentioned in my previous fisking, I had thought that…

Suing over alien abduction

This would be hilarious if it weren’t for what it says about critical thinking skills: BERLIN (Reuters) – A German lawyer hopes to drum up more business by pursuing state compensation claims for people who believe they were abducted by aliens. “There’s quite obviously demand for legal advice here,” Jens Lorek told Reuters by telephone…

File this under the “You Learn Something New Every Day” category. Apparently, ghosts can be horny little buggers, and a “ghostbuster” named Syed Abdullah Alattas, founder and chief investigator of Seekers Malaysia, has been investigating: GHOSTS have sex. This is the claim of Syed Abdullah Alattas, founder and chief investigator of Seekers Malaysia. “We are…

The unsinkable rubber duck

Skeptico explains why confirmation bias and the Forer effect make astrology seem like it might work when it’s really a load of crap. As usual, he makes it plain why astrology is bunk, reiterating his Astrology Challenge.

I never knew that puppies liked logic and critical thinking. I always thought that they liked running, playing, eating, sleeping, and being petted. But, according to Janet Stemwedel, there is at least one puppy who is a budding skeptic, and bad reasoning and gullibility make him sad. She explains in the introduction to the 43rd…

As regular readers may have noticed, I was on vacation the last two Fridays in a row. To keep Your Friday Dose of Woo (YFDoW) going, I decided to resurrect a couple of posts from the old blog that would have made good installments of YFDoW installments, had YFDoW existed at the time when they…

From an actual personal ad: Gorgeous blonde model, tired of being patronized. Looking for sincere, understanding man. Must be willing to listen to stories of alien abduction. (Source: The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said Calendar 2004) Would anyone out there answer this ad?

Bora beat me to this one (which is what I get for not posting about it yesterday morning when I first saw the story), but some holy water is coming out of a tree in San Antonio, and why has not yet been solved: SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 12) – Is it an artesian spring, a…

The Skeptics Circle turns 40 (sort of)

Today, the Skeptics’ Circle turns 40. Well, not exactly, but it is the 40th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, and this time around it’s being held at Daylight Atheism. Once again, it’s time for an antidote for the rampant credulity in the blogosphere, where dubious stories travel around the world far faster than skeptics can…

Reader mailbag: What is woo?

I don’t often do reader mailbag sorts of posts, but this question was so good that I thought it would be worth answering on the blog. Indeed, I almost thought of making this whole question another in my Friday Woo series, but decided that I wanted to answer it now. Reader TB writes: I’ve been…

It’s that time again, time for the 38th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. Thirsty? Well, LBBP over at Skeptic Rant offers parched skeptics a fine assortment of beverages including Satire Cider, Quack Quencher, Woo Brew, and Creationist Tonic, among others. It’s just the cool, refreshing dose of critical thinking to quench that skeptical thirst that’s…

All you need is this. Yes, it’s the Jesus Pan. Who needs to wait for miracles to produce things like the Jesus grilled cheese sandwich? Now you can make them yourself! Prediction: Coming soon….The Virgin Mary Pan! Maybe you can think of other great products along these lines? Lenin, anyone?

I could use one of these

Worried about ghosts bothering you? What about demons possessing you? Or aliens abducting you for all sorts of strange experiments, complete with anal probes? Well, fear no more! I’ve discovered just the thing. You need a Paranormal Restraining Order! Feel like sinning and don’t want to be subject to the Lord’s wrath? This is just…

Project Jason: Psychics and missing people

As a skeptic, when discussing psychics and how there is zero scientific evidence for the existence of psychic powers, I often come up against the attitude that says, “What’s the harm if people believe in psychics?” What’s the harm indeed? Have your palm read, and it’s kind of fun, but you generally don’t take it…

A little pareidolia, anyone?

Ya gotta love it. Whether it be the Virgin Mary under a freeway overpass on W. Fullerton Avenue in Chicago or on a window in Perth Amboy, NJ, or the face of Jesus on a shell, on the wall of a shower, on a sand dune, a potato chip, or (my personal favorite) a pierogi,…

His Noodliness walks (or flies) among us, and here’s the evidence. Hey, it’s better than any “evidence” that I’ve seen supporting the existence of UFO’s or ghosts.