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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Sep 26, 2015 07:00 AM ET
A professor accused of sexual assault on a disabled man claims he consented via a discredited technique. Continue reading →
Sep 17, 2015 08:28 PM ET
Despite months of concern by conspiracy theorists, the Jade Helm 15 military program has ended without bloodshed.
Sep 11, 2015 01:30 PM ET
Stonehenge has spurred many myths and conspiracy theories, some of them created by its restoration.
Aug 31, 2015 01:01 PM ET
News reports claim that a teen girl was buried alive in Honduras, but there's a simpler (and less horrifying) explanation.
Aug 15, 2015 10:00 AM ET
The EPA's spill of toxic mine waste into the Animas River spawns conspiracy theories. Continue reading →
Aug 6, 2015 01:44 PM ET
A triple murder last month has fueled speculation about a witchcraft-related 'ritual killing,' but that seems unlikely. Continue reading →
Aug 1, 2015 06:43 AM ET
A ghost photo from the U.K. is going viral this week but in this case psychology—not the paranormal—provides the best explanation.
Jul 27, 2015 01:48 PM ET
A creepy clown was seen outside a Chicago cemetery recently -- and it's only the latest sighting of many. Continue reading →
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