“The Visit” (film review)

September 14, 2015

Despite its flaws The Visit is successful enough in building fear and tension in a creepy atmosphere to merit a tepid recommendation. 

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A Reader’s Query: 10% of the Brain and Inherent Wisdom

September 08, 2015

Now and then I like to post (anonymous) e-mails from people who contact me, as it often provides insight into the worldviews of non-skeptics. 

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Using Satellites to Search for Bigfoot

August 28, 2015

Unknown animals such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, for example, might be easily located and captured--if indeed they exist.

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Circling the Pendulum: Conversations with a Dowser

August 27, 2015

A conversation with a pendulum dowser who seems pretty sure he can explain the phenomenon through an unknown radiation.

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Eyewitness (Un)reliability and the Filedrawer Effect

August 25, 2015

If eyewitnesses can be mistaken in life-and-death cases, they are likely no more accurate in monster sightings and descriptions.

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Film review: “The Gift”

August 18, 2015

The Gift, like other effective thrillers such as Cape Fear and Fatal Attraction, trades on ambiguity...

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Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained (book review)

August 05, 2015

A skeptical look at "Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained"

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Church Fires: Racism, Copycat Crimes, or Random?

July 15, 2015

A rash of recent church fires has left many Americans wondering if we're experiencing a wave of hate crimes.

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Richard Feynman’s Lessons From a NASA Rocket Explosion-And Then Another

June 29, 2015

Yet another space-bound rocket exploded over the weekend on its way to the Space Station, causing many to wonder what the problem is; Richard Feynman has the answer. 

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A “Commandery” Ghost Story

June 19, 2015

In which I use the principle of Occam's Razor to deduce the identity of a mysterious ghost photo taken at a war museum

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