Author Archives: Brian Dunning

About Brian Dunning

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

A Jug of Atomized Aluminum, A Loaf of Ammonium Perchlorate, and Thou Beside Me

This week, I was invited by NASA to join them at a static firing test for the motor to power the SLS (Space Launch System), NASA’s next-generation heavy-lift rocket system, intended for a first flight in 2018. Enjoy this 2-minute video of … Continue reading

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Are you frustrated that TAM & the JREF are no more, and the skeptical community has disintegrated?

Are you bummed and disappointed that our favorite annual reunion The Amaz!ng Meeting is no more? That James Randi’s JREF has ceased operations? That the community of like-minded enthusiasts of skeptical thinking — once called “organized skepticism” — seems to … Continue reading

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Plug into The Feeding Tube

Food woo being the most pervasive pseudoscience that we all encounter on a daily basis, we decided that it also made the best next target for Skeptoid Media. And so we conceived a prospective new series, The Feeding Tube, starring … Continue reading

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Introducing “The Conspirators”

Introducing the newest series from Skeptoid Media, The Conspirators. It’s our first foray into animation and into comedy, and we really hope you’ll enjoy it. It features some voices you’ll recognize, such as Brian Keith Dalton (aka Mr. Deity), Maynard, … Continue reading

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Skeptoid on the Road…

I’m taking my newest live talk, Waterspouts & Swamp Gas: Challenging Popular Assumptions on the road, and I’d love to bring it to you! This is perfect for businesses, schools, and even “Skeptics in the Pub” groups. This talk helps … Continue reading

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Sad News from the Skeptoid Family

I can’t think of anything I would less rather announce today. We are losing one of Skeptoid’s brightest contributors. Over 9 years of the show, my favorite episode is #300, The Secret of the Gypsy Queen, an animated, musical fairy … Continue reading

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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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