Author Archives: Brian Dunning

About Brian Dunning

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

I Want to Drink a Homeopathic Preparation of HIV-Contaminated Blood

“Foolhardy.” “Reckless ignorance.” “Darwin Award candidate.” These are selected phrases from the responses I’ve received during my private inquiries over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been speaking with lab managers, AIDS researchers, and doctors about my plan to make … Continue reading

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Mirage Men: A New Chapter in UFOlogy

Mirage Men is a limited-release documentary from late 2013, and if you get a chance, you should definitely see it. They talk about Alice going down the rabbit hole; this film starts with you already lost down in the hole, … Continue reading

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An Honest Reinterpretation of the SeaOrbiter Lab

Readers of Popular Science may have recently seen French architect Jacques Rougerie’s proposal for the SeaOrbiter lab, a freely floating science platform from which all sorts of oceanographic research can be done. Upon noting that Rougerie thought it would be fun … Continue reading

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Beware of LinkedIn Invitations

This is a bit off-topic, so think of it as a bit of skeptical consumer protectionism. This morning LinkedIn spammed every single email address in my computer’s address book with an invitation to connect with me, including many, many people … Continue reading

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and Payne Stewart

Please take this post for no more than what it is: reasonably well-informed speculation. It’s not a prediction nor a claim. At the time of this writing, the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 remains a mystery. It’s been gone … Continue reading

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Why I Left Joe Rogan on My List of Celebrities Promoting Pseudoscience

On January 14, 2014, I went on the Joe Rogan Experience to call out Joe on what I believed were public disservices done on his show. What followed was a storm of controversy and charges of dishonesty.

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Inside My Kickstarter Project

As promised to my backers, here is the final accounting for the Kickstarter project to launch my new book, Skeptoid 5: Massacres, Monsters, and Miracles. The most notable thing about the campaign is that pledges ended up being double the … Continue reading

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The Hoax Has Been Revealed!!

Congratulations to Roger Woodley, who has correctly identified my hoax piece, as hinted in this previous Skeptoid Blog post. To discourage random shotgun guessing, I said that any guesses must be properly researched and cited before sending them to me. … Continue reading

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My Hoax

Update: the hoax piece has been correctly identified! Since I started producing the Skeptoid podcast in 2006, and blogging on various matters pertaining to scientific skepticism, I have produced exactly one piece that was a pure hoax. I made it … Continue reading

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Skeptoid 5 Epilogue

As you may know, the fifth book in the Skeptoid series Skeptoid 5: Massacres, Monsters, and Miracles is now being proofed for printing as the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign. As soon as it’s done, it will be available … Continue reading

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