Blog Archives for December 2013

‘American Hustle’ Takes Dig at 1970s Cancer Alarmism

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 23, 2013

The new Oscar-bait film American Hustle, about two con artists (played by Christian Bale and Amy Adams) who get caught up in a corruption scandal in the 1970, contains an explicit, skeptical reference to a health scare fad.

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Colin Wilson: A Case Study in Mystery Mongering

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 13, 2013

 A brief look at the late Colin Wilson's work illustrates how misinformation about paranormal topics is perpetuated, and skeptical information is systematically ignored.

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Gardasil, Katie, Merck, and I

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 10, 2013

While Couric sifts through what remains of her journalistic credibility, I thought I'd share my brief HPV vaccine story. 

Skeptical Cinema: ‘Bug’ and folie a deux

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 03, 2013

In most investigations two eyewitnesses are better than one. The 2006 horror film 'Bug' shows whay this is not always true.