Blog Archives for April 2015

Dr. Oz Accuses Critics of Trying to Silence Him

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
April 24, 2015

Superstar TV personality Dr. Oz, after nearly a year of being criticized for promoting unproven "miracle" products and medical misinformation on his popular daytime TV show, has fired back at his critics.

Filmmaker Mike Celestino on Edgy Comedy and Pop Culture Skeptics

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
April 13, 2015

Los Angeles-based filmmaker Michael ("Mike") Celestino is a skeptic, film buff, and comedy fan. The bespectacled and slight bemused writer/director agreed to answer some questions about his recent projects, including his planned documentary "The Scully."

The Post Hoc Fallacy: Vaccine Fears and Roosevelt-Menacing Indians

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
April 06, 2015

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 causation.