Head-Desking HeadOn!

August 31, 2016

A closer look at HeadOn, a waxy homeopathic paste claimed in commercials to relieve headaches.

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“Hillary’s White House Dreams Shattered?”

August 12, 2016

The other day I saw an alarming headline: “Hillary’s White House Dreams Shattered?” Aghast that Clinton’s campaign was in such serious jeopardy, and I began reading the piece, by K. O’Donnell of the Health Sciences Institute. It did strike me as odd that someone from a health sciences institute would be reporting on politics, but nonetheless, the details that O’Donnell offered were alarming. 

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Unco Junto-  Art’s Obligation to Truth: The Case of ‘Wild Thing’

August 08, 2016

A controversial poem about a controversial racial attack in New York City turned out to be wrong. Does art (or poetry specifically) have an obligation to truth? 

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Jason Bourne Is Back

July 29, 2016

Jason Bourne reunites Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass about a decade after their film The Bourne Supremacy. By this time they're both old pros, which is both good and bad: good because the learning curve is behind them and bad because they seem on autopilot for Jason Bourne, and the end result isn't so much bad as it is stale.

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Three Dowsing Questions Answered

July 25, 2016

A brief and skeptical look at dowsing, including why an oil company wasted $7 billion in a fruitless search for oil when a dowser could presumably have located it (or not) for a few thousand dollars. 

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Unco Junto: Should Skeptics Be Paid for TV Work?

July 06, 2016

I've been doing investigations and appearing on TV shows for well over a decade, but an unresolved issue plagues skepticism: Should experts should ask (or demand) to be paid for appearing on TV shows beyond expenses? It's a bit of a tricky issue. I and four contributors discuss the topic.

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Levitation Claims: An Interview with Michael Grosso

June 29, 2016

Can people levitate? Michael Grosso, author of The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation, thinks so. I'm... skeptical. 

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A Skeptical Look at “The Conjuring 2”

June 21, 2016

A skeptical look at the new horror film "The Conjuring 2," ripped from the "real life" case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

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Unco Junto: Is There a Right to Anonymity, or an Obligation to Preserve It?

June 02, 2016

This month's question: Is There a Right to Anonymity, or an Obligation to Preserve It?

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Reply to a Cell Phone Story Complaint

May 27, 2016

I recently got an e-mail from a Skeptical Inquirer reader who wrote to complain about a short item I'd written on cell phone dangers. 

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