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!
Can hypnotists put unwilling people into a trance and rob them while hypnotized? Continue reading →
Most parents underestimate their children's weight, and half of parents did not recognize that their children were overweight or obese, research shows. Continue reading →
It's not likely that Miranda Barbour really killed too many people to count. But why would she lie about it, and about her Satanic connections?
A snake-handling TV pastor died after being bitten by a snake, though his death will likely reinforce his followers' beliefs.
The fast-food chain Subway has agreed to remove a chemical from its bread, based on concerns from a blogger. But is it danger or hype? Continue reading →
Strange, elongated skulls found in South America are spawning theories about unknown humans and aliens. But why?
How did a lost cat from the Canary Islands wind up in Scotland? A strange tail with a curious twist. Continue reading →
Why do so many conspiracy theory believers resort to violence? The answer lies in psychology. Continue reading →
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