Confirmation Bias and Expectations Influencing Perceptions: A Micro-Case Study

October 23, 2013

As a skeptical investigator with a degree in psychology, I often encounter (and discuss) people whose expectations have colored their perceptions. We often see what we expect to see, whether it's there or not. Of course everyone does it, including me. Here's a personal account of my recent experience.

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German ‘Wild Boy’ Sentenced for Fraud

October 03, 2013

In 2011 a young man wandered into a German police station and told office workers, "I'm all alone in the world, I don't know who I am. Please help me."

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“Nothing But Bad News…”

September 13, 2013

Sometimes when discussing current events I will hear someone say "Oh, I hate the news... I don't follow the news anymore, it's nothing but bad news." It's just a depressing laundry list of death and war and problems, a daily documentation of the world's progress on its inexorable path toward hell.

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BMI and the Argument from Antiquity Fallacy

August 26, 2013

Is pointing out that a medical procedure has been used by doctors for 150 years an example of a logical fallacy? Maybe, or maybe not...

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Why Parents Don’t Vaccinate Their Children—And What We Can Do

August 02, 2013

There are several reasons why some parents choose not to vaccinate their children, though most of them come down to misinformation from anti-vaccine advocates. With the recent addition of Jenny McCarthy to the popular ABC television show The View, many people are wondering what effect, if any, this will have on vaccination rates. However there are some strategies than can fight the misinformation.

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The New ‘Best Case’ For Psychics: Did ‘Intuitive Visions’ Locate Missing Boy?

July 14, 2013

The remarkable case of a missing California boy whose body was apparently located by a psychic is making headlines across the country as the 'best case' for psychics. But is it? 

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How I Covered the Bangladesh Toilet Ghost Hysteria Story

June 26, 2013

I'm sometimes asked how my articles and columns come about; here's one recent example, about a ghost-haunted toilet in a South Asian factory.

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Tracking the Chupacabra: The Wikipedia Page!

June 20, 2013

My book solving the chupacabra mystery now has its own Wikipedia page!

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Participating in a Brazilian Panel on Science Journalism and Skepticism

June 05, 2013

Last July I was invited to São Paulo, Brazil, to speak on a panel about skepticism and the state of science journalism sponsored by Folha do Sao Paulo, the city's largest newspaper.

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Infomercial King Kevin Trudeau Recycles ‘The Secret’

May 30, 2013

Kevin Trudeau, convicted felon and infomercial king, has made millions claiming to reveal important medical and dietary information kept secret by a conspiracy between the medical establishment and big drug companies. His most recent venture rips off the New Age best-seller The Secret.

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