Author Archives: Brian Dunning

About Brian Dunning

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

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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Perpetual Motion Machines Now Available on Indiegogo

There is currently a campaign on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to sell a perpetual motion machine. As discussed in-depth in this Skeptoid episode, and as fundamental physics proves, perpetual motion machines (aka “free energy” machines, aka “over-unity” machines) do not, and … Continue reading

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Skeptoid Media Expanding Its Board

Skeptoid Media, Inc., is looking to expand its board of directors by two additional members. While a private search is underway, we’re also throwing it out there publicly in case a qualified candidate is interested. The board provides oversight and … Continue reading

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Readers as Editors: CNN Continues to Embarrass Itself

A few years ago, to much fanfare, CNN.com dissolved its science department and replaced it with The Belief Blog and The Empowered Patient. In effect, this was to eliminate the costs of needing anyone to review anything they wanted to … Continue reading

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All-Time Award-Winning YouTube Comment

I take keyboard in hand to share with you what must be the best web comment ever. This was posted to the discussion page for my YouTube profile, which is mainly where the inFact videos are posted (it was not … Continue reading

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