My look at the glib, pop culture idea of karma, and how the religious idea of karma is actually pretty cruel & horrific. You can read it HERE.
It’s been a year since Boko Haram abducted 300 girls in Nigeria, and not only do they remain missing but the group is stronger than ever and has abducted even more children. I take no pleasure in noting that the wildly popular “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign was a complete and unqualified failure. Officials admit […]
I recently read Candice Miller’s book The River of Doubt, about Theodore Roosevelt’s 1914 exploration of an unknown river in the Brazilian Amazon. It’s a fascinating story of adventure, misadventure, murder, and more. In the book I also found an excellent real-life example of one of my favorite logical fallacies:post hoc ergo propter hoc, also called faulty […]
A Connecticut teenager forced by the Supreme Court to accept cancer treatments is in remission…. You can read more HERE.
In case you missed my piece on this last month: Four police officers who helped rescue a baby from an overturned car in a Utah river last weekend claim that they heard an unexplained voice calling from the car. The accident occurred after a car driven by Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, 25, ran off the road […]
The Attorneys General of several states recently announced a crackdown on unsafe herbal supplements…. you can read more HERE.
One of the most difficult aspects of being a skeptical ghost investigator is trying to help people who sincerely believe they’re experiencing a haunting; it’s the subject of my new article “Playing Witch Doctor: Hidden Ethics in Skeptical Ghost Investigation.” You can read it HERE.
One of my better investigations from last year: On Nov. 7 a Utah woman awoke suddenly with the sense that something was wrong in the house, and she and her husband were able to stop a man who’d just abducted their 5-year-old daughter Lainey. Was it mother’s intuition? Read more HERE.
Last month I wrote an article for Discovery News about how the Toronto Star had published a prominent article scaremongering about the HPV vaccine Gardasil, promoting scary anecdotes over sound science. Well, last week the newspaper finally and formally removed the article from their website, as close to a retraction as is likely to happen. I […]
My recent article on a horrific crime: a toddler with albinism in Africa was abducted and butchered for his body parts because of the widespread belief that they can be used for potent magic spells. Yes, belief in magic can sometimes be harmless–but it can also be deadly. Read more HERE.
The Mile High Sanity Project podcast welcomes special guest Ben Radford (me!) for a discussion on paranormal investigation. What qualifies as paranormal? Have any of us ever had a paranormal experience? Ever had ghost sex? Check it out HERE!
Late-night talk shows are better known for topical comedy and celebrities plugging their new movie or CD than they are for science education. However, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” recently gave the pro-science, pro-vaccination effort a boost.. you can read about it HERE.
Perpetual fraud promoter and talk show shill Montel Williams in trouble as celebrity endorser of MoneyMutual after the company was found guilty of providing illegal sky-high payday loans that exploited poor New Yorkers. Too bad his psychic friend and convicted felon Sylvia Browne didn’t warn him about that when she was on his show dozens […]
Utah police who rescued a “miracle baby” from a car in a river last weekend claim that a mysterious voice called to them. Many are suggesting it was a guardian angel, but in my new piece for Discovery News I offer another explanation, you can read it HERE.
Last month NBC News anchor Brian Williams was suspended for six months for fabricating or exaggerating an event that happened during the Iraq war. Was it all a lie, or an honest mistake? HERE’s a look at the issue of false memories.
Last month the respected Toronto Star published a prominent and alarmist piece questioning the safety of the HPV vaccine Gardasil, which can help prevent cancer in girls. It didn’t sit well with scientists, as my article for Discovery News notes; you can read it HERE.
I was recently a guest on the Cryptologic Radio show, talking about monsters, Bigfoot, chupacabras, and skepticism. You can listen to it HERE.
The respected PBS television series “Nova” has won multiple Peabody and Emmy awards. So how did it manage to so badly bungle an episode on anorexia, spreading myths and misinformation about the dangerous disease? Here’s a piece of investigative journalism I did, adapted from my Masters thesis on the subject of eating disorder misinformation in […]
My appearance earlier this week on Albuquerque NBC affiliate KOB talking about my chupacabra research is now online. Overall it’s a pretty good piece, I did my best to summarize my book and 5 years of research into 3 minutes… You can watch it HERE.
My article for Discovery News on how the U.K. is using belief in black magic to stem sex trafficking in Africa is now up! I hope you find it as interesting as I do… It’s good to see this sort of bottom-up culture-specific effort to end this scourge. You can read it HERE.
In the next issue of Skeptical Inquirer I name one of the most under-appreciated or unrecognized skeptics of the past few decades… There were many I could go with, but I thought I’d choose a woman who popularized one of the best-known skeptical quotes in history: Clara Peller! Pick up the new issue of Skeptical […]
From a story I wrote in 2014: Dozens of environmentalists in Iceland have staged a high-profile protest against a road scheduled to cut through an area of volcanic rock because of elves… You can read the story HERE.
There’s a recent and brilliant skeptical debunking by Anna Maltese and John Rael of claims made by Danish “extreme archer” Lars Andersen… Check it out HERE.
A new article quoted my Discovery News story and analysis of the boy who claimed he went to heaven, then admitted he didn’t… you can read it HERE.
My new article for Discovery News on Brian Williams and the psychology of false memories is now out, check it out HERE.
Last month what looked like a human finger was found on a beach in northern Australia; police were called but in the end scientists solved the mystery… you can read my article about this displaced digit HERE.
I was recently interviewed on The Humanist Hour, talking about skepticism, skeptical investigation, miracles, and much more. You can hear the show HERE.
ISIS terrorists have apparently beheaded at least one of their two Japanese hostages taken weeks ago. Last year I wrote an article about why terror groups cut their victims’ heads off. Gruesome but interesting, you can read it HERE.
A Chilean farmer recently found a pair of partly mummified animals in a wine cellar. Of course the obvious explanation is “chupacabra,” though as I explain it’s almost certainly not… yes, the little vampire beastie just won’t die. You can read the story HERE.
You may have heard that a boy who wrote an inspiring “true story” best-seller about going to heaven has admitted he made it up. I wrote an article on it, and a analysis about why many people believed it, you can read it HERE.
Following consumer complaints and a June 2014 congressional hearing, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken action against the manufacturer of a green coffee bean extract heavily promoted by Dr. Oz on his popular television show. You can read more HERE.
The terrorist group ISIS threatened to kill two Japanese citizens unless their government pays a huge ransom. They did not, and at least one was beheaded. Last year I wrote a piece for Discovery News about the politics of paying for hostages… you can read it HERE.
A viral story about how a high school allegedly used Photoshop to change their students’ yearbook photos to make them thinner started on Reddit earlier this month and has appeared on Gawker, Jezebel, Gizmodo, PerezHilton, and elsewhere. As it turns out, the story isn’t quite as outrageous as claimed, you can read it HERE.
Censorship and free speech: Was Sony going to shelve The Interview last month because of terror threats? Most people think so. But a closer look suggests that might not be true; you can read it HERE.
My new article about the logic and claims that a dream-recording app might be able to prove precognitive psychic powers is now up at Discovery News, you can read it HERE.
I was recently interviewed by UNM Prof. V.B. Price for New Mexico Mercury magazine, in which I talked about my new book Mysterious New Mexico, skepticism, and investigations. Who got upset by my book? Find out! The five-question interview is available online HERE.
On January 9 I appeared live on the Paul Harris Show (KTRS in St. Louis) discussing claims of “theft by hypnosis” and myths about hypnosis in pop culture. Fascinating stuff, check it out! You can hear the 12-minute interview HERE.
On Thursday January 8 I appeared live on MSNBC to talk about how climate change might affect unknown animals such as Bigfoot and the chupacabra. My research into the subject, done in part as preparation for the interview, will appear in a forthcoming issue of Skeptical Inquirer. You can see the show HERE.