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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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 →
Jul 3, 2014 06:12 PM ET
The Catholic Church has formally recognized a group of professional exorcists, but the move raises concerns.
Jun 30, 2014 06:15 PM ET
Dirty needles and other carelessness can spread serious diseases among acupuncture patients.
Jun 26, 2014 06:00 AM ET
The story of an injured young girl being asked to leave a fast-food restaurant has been called a hoax. But its viral spread says a lot about folklore and internet activism. Continue reading →
Jun 19, 2014 06:15 PM ET
A whole menagerie of animals are now predicting World Cup soccer matches... what gives? Continue reading →
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