Frog Falls and Fallacies

November 18, 2014

I wrote a piece about the classic Fortean phenomenon of frogs falling from the sky, and I here address two rebuttals--one old and one new.

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The “I Am…” Meme: Co-Opting Identities for Social Change

November 03, 2014

It has become fashionable in recent years for social justice protestors to choose a person who symbolizes a tragic event and then declare to the world that they are that person. It certainly sends a clear message of solidarity, but but it raises thorny questions about the ethics of speaking on behalf of others.

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Tim Farley Ignites Skepticism at Dragon*Con

October 20, 2014

Tim Farley has an idea for a new format for skeptical outreach in bite-sized bits.

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Scientific Paranormal Investigation Equipment

September 26, 2014

I'm often asked what tools and equipment I use to investigate the world's mysteries, ranging from ghosts to miracles to crop circles. Here's a peek into my bag of tricks!

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‘Miss Representation’ and The Importance of Good Statistics

September 17, 2014

In my many years of fact-checking news media reports I'm continually baffled by the defensive stance that people often take when you fact-check their statistics. In fact I'm against misinformation and bad statistics--whatever the source, and especially when being offered in service of causes I support.

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Review of Jesse Ventura’s “American Conspiracies”

September 08, 2014

One verifiable fact I learned in the first few pages of Jesse Ventura's book American Conspiracies is that Ventura believes he's a hardcore, no-bullshit truth teller. He's bravely willing to stand up and tell it like it is, to cut through the lies, myths, and misinformation surrounding some of America's most cherished myths.

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The Myth of “The Media”

August 15, 2014

Blaming “the media” is not only vague writing and lazy thinking, but it is also ineffective. Here's why.

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Truth and Myth Behind “Magic in the Moonlight”

July 25, 2014

 A look at some of the real-life events and characters that inspired the new Woody Allen film Magic in the Moonlight.

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Acupuncturists Respond to Critics With Quiver of Fallacies

July 02, 2014

I recently wrote a piece titled "Acupuncture Can Spread Tuberculosis, Researchers Warn," which prompted many angry supporters of acupuncture to respond. Here's what they said. 

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Evolution of the Conspiracy Theorist

June 13, 2014

The conspiracy theorist is, of course, not a new breed of human. All the basic psychological building blocks of conspiracy thinking are inherent in the human psyche, including distrust of authority, wanting "inside information," and real or imagined persecution-and, to be fair, often a dearth of critical thinking skills such as the ability (or desire) to separate anonymous rumor from established fact.

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