Author Archives: Brian Dunning

About Brian Dunning

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

Another lovely note from Steve Kroschel

Once in a while I hear from Steve Kroschel, the anti-pharma conspiracy theorist behind such zany films as The Gerson Miracle, Dying to Have Known, The Beautiful Truth, The Grounded, and Heal for Free, which all promote some variation of … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Pseudoscience | Comments Off on Another lovely note from Steve Kroschel

No, the Voynich Manuscript has not been ‘decoded’

Every so often, someone comes forward having claimed to have translated the Voynich Manuscript, the famous 15th century nonsense book that has intrigued codebreakers and linguists over the centuries. The most common explanation for the book is that it is … Continue reading

Posted in TV & Media, Urban Legends | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

No, Nat Geo’s bone-sniffing dogs are not going to find Amelia Earhart’s skeleton.

Well, that didn’t take long. It’s only been about six months since Ric Gillespie and TIGHAR made their last rounds hoaxing all the world’s news agencies with his Amelia Earhart claims, and he’s already at it again. This time he … Continue reading

Posted in History, Skeptoid Podcast, TV & Media | Tagged | 22 Comments

Mythbusters topics, from the Skeptoid files

Awesomely, a new season of Mythbusters is afoot, with new hosts Brian Louden and Jon Lung. They were selected by winning Mythbusters: The Search hosted by Skeptoid friend Kyle Hill (you may have also noted Skeptoid Media’s The Feeding Tube … Continue reading

Posted in Science, TV & Media, Urban Legends | Tagged | 12 Comments

The news on the new film is…

My new film from Skeptoid Media, Principles of Curiosity, is finally in post production. This is the long-awaited sequel to my 2008 amateur film Here Be Dragons, and it is what I had originally hoped that film would be and … Continue reading

Posted in Events, TV & Media | Comments Off on The news on the new film is…

Stop Criticizing Fracking and Pipelines

Many of my friends and colleagues often criticize me for refusing to embrace the popular anti-fracking rhetoric — or, as some like to fallaciously describe it — my “pro-fracking stance”. There’s a reason I refuse to condemn fracking, and it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Energy, Nature | Tagged , , , | 23 Comments

Still No Reason to Suspect ‘Earthquake Lights’ Are a Thing

Since the November 13, 2016 earthquake in New Zealand, my inbox has been bursting with reports of EQLs (earthquake lights). A number of YouTube videos have surfaced from locals who were quick on the draw with their phones in the … Continue reading

Posted in Cool Stuff, Events, Nature, Pseudoscience | Tagged , | 12 Comments

3 Things for AGW Deniers to Stop Saying

I suppose it’s good for shipping traffic, but not for much else. Sea ice reflects a lot of solar radiation back out to space. When there’s a lot of it, it’s easier for the Earth to get cooler (the “Snowball … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Nature | Tagged , , | 84 Comments

What Skeptoid is doing about the election…

I just sent this email to everyone on Skeptoid Media’s opt-in mailing list (join in the Members Portal): For many, yesterday’s election was a stunner; for others, a victory. Whatever your thoughts on its social or economic implications, my wheelhouse … Continue reading

Posted in Events, TV & Media | Comments Off on What Skeptoid is doing about the election…

No, that’s not Amelia Earhart’s skeleton.

I can hardly believe it — Ric Gillespie and TIGHAR are once again hoaxing news outlets with yet another absurd claim that he knows where Amelia Earhart is, in blatant defiance of known history. And, once again, the news outlets … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Ripoffs, History, Pseudoscience, TV & Media | Tagged , , | 45 Comments