Author Archives: Brian Dunning

About Brian Dunning

Science writer Brian Dunning is the host and producer of Skeptoid.

Dawkins, NECSS, and Working Together

The recent news is that Richard Dawkins was un-invited from the NECSS conference because of a tweet he sent that many found offensive. Of course it caused all sorts of uproars and divisions. Sigh… how tiresome; and at a time … Continue reading

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Bad Skepticism: New Live Show from Skeptoid

“Skeptics” often do as much bad science as anyone. We don’t like to admit it any more than anyone else does, but nevertheless there it is. Some colossally bad explanations for things that either didn’t need explanations (because they never … Continue reading

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Deepak Chopra Drinking Game

New Age spiritualism mouthpiece Deepak Chopra will be on the Conan O’Brien show on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. In this tweet, he threatened to attack science “discuss naive realism”: . @ProfBrianCox Btw I'm going on @ConanOBrien next week . Will be … Continue reading

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No More Comments at Skeptoid.com

After much deliberation, we have decided to follow the lead of other prominent web sites that have removed public comments from their principle articles. Skeptoid episode transcripts no longer have comment sections. Why?

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Are You a Crank?

When recreational mathematician Martin Gardner died in 2010, he left us a huge number of books. One of these is called Fads & Fallacies in the Name of Science. In his first chapter, Gardner went into some depth on characterizing cranks. Cranks … Continue reading

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Why Mythbusters Ended

‘Nuff said.

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No, Sniffing These Mushrooms Will Probably Not Give You an Orgasm

For a week or so now, the Interwebz have been abuzz with an amazing “scientific” discovery: that a species of Dictyophora mushroom found on Hawaii will give some women an “instant orgasm” merely by sniffing it. The story has been getting … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking: My Friend, My Enemy, Myself

Conversations between “skeptics” and “believers” tend to devolve into an argument over who is truly thinking critically and who is not — to nobody’s ultimate benefit. There is a very good reason why trading accusations of a lack of critical … Continue reading

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When a Drone is Not a Drone

It’s unfortunate that language is often used carelessly. We frequently react to news emotionally rather than analytically; and when imprecise language elicits groundless fear, our reaction can be the same as if the fear were justified. The current popular trend … Continue reading

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Electrohypersensitivity and Bad Reporting

The April 2015 issue of Popular Science includes a bizarre feature article that might give many readers cause for a double take: a detailed promotion of a thoroughly debunked pseudoscience. It is largely a profile of one woman, Diane Schou, and … Continue reading

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