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My background is in journalism and investigation, often trying to understand why people believe things for which there is little or no evidence. My specialty is applying critical thinking and scientific methodologies to unusual claims. I also -- oops, gotta go: I found an error on the Internet!

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Aug 22, 2014 07:00 AM ET
Reporter James Foley's beheading in the Middle East was part of a long tradition of sending a gruesome message. Continue reading →
Aug 1, 2014 05:15 PM ET
As doctors work to stem an epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus, rumor and folklore help spread the disease. Continue reading →
Jul 26, 2014 07:32 AM ET
A crowdfunding platform is being used to raise money for 'ghost-detecting' technology, though investors should be wary. Continue reading →
Jul 24, 2014 05:58 PM ET
The son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky says memories of abuse have come back to him, but there are reasons for caution. Continue reading →
Jul 22, 2014 06:00 PM ET
A Romanian priest jailed for seven years for killing a woman during an exorcism has been released.
Jul 21, 2014 07:58 PM ET
The circumstances of the downed Malaysian airplane in Ukraine made it ripe for conspiracy theories.
Jul 10, 2014 04:00 PM ET
While some are eager to move into supposedly haunted houses, many aren't so sure.
Jul 8, 2014 08:56 AM ET
Drought-stricken farmers and others are turning to the mystical practice of water dowsing, and many are convinced it works. Here's why. Continue reading →
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