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!
A newly discovered trench in Loch Ness is said to be the lake's deepest. But could it be the home of Nessie? Continue reading →
Musician Glenn Frey, who died recently, was the victim of several death hoaxes.
A mysterious light seen in an abandoned building reveals much about the psychology of perception. Continue reading →
Research suggests that parents who refuse to vaccinate their children don't do so because they lack education. Continue reading →
Scary headlines can cause the public to be needlessly fearful. Understanding risk and statistics can help. →
A British mother blames her school's WiFi for driving her daughter to suicide.
Mass shootings seem to spawn conspiracy theories more often than other events. Here's why. Continue reading →
The Italian Supreme Court acquitted six scientists convicted of failing to warn of a major earthquake. Continue reading →
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