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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Love Labyrinths

May 22, 2013

A friend of mine is getting married next weekend and she wants to have the ceremony in a labyrinth. She asked me to write a short piece about a love labyrinth...

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My Prediction of the Cleveland Abduction Situation, and the Tragic Failure of Psychics

May 09, 2013

In 2009 I predicted the recent Cleveland abduction situation, or one very much like it. 

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Skeptical Commentary Following Tragedy: Exploitation or Education?

May 08, 2013

Recent tragedies such as the Boston marathon bombing and the horrific case of three women rescued in Cleveland brought skeptical commentary highlighting the failure of psychics. However some people feel that skeptics should not comment on such events because it smacks of exploitation.

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The Biography of America’s Lake Monster

April 25, 2013

A review of The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America's Loch Ness Monster, by Bob Bartholomew. 

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Trance: Trainwreck from a Trainspotting Director

April 14, 2013

Trance is not inherently a bad movie; it’s just one of those movies where the longer it went on, the less I cared who lived, who died, or whether anyone found that damned painting. 

 

 

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The Scope of Skeptical Activism: A Personal Story   Part 2 of 2

April 02, 2013

What should the scope of skepticism be? There are countless causes I support, including environmentalism, feminism, animal protection, social justice, exposing hypocrisy, science communication, media literacy, and others. But I rarely tackle these issues under the banner of skepticism. Here's why.

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