Anti-Science

The Memory of Water

The Memory of Water

The main premise behind the practice of homeopathy is that water has a memory. Homeopathy as “medicine” is created by introducing an ingredient or specific chemical into a water or alcohol base that would cause the symptoms (in a healthy person) that you are trying to cure in a sick person. The water or alcohol is mixed with this symptom-inducing-chemical and then shook and reduced, an... »

Salt Therapy: Take It with a Grain of Salt

Salt Therapy: Take It with a Grain of Salt

Recently, I’ve been hearing more and more about salt therapies, or halotherapy, and its supposed benefits. According to the .pdf I just linked to in my opening sentence, “Salt Therapy is the best known method to detox lungs and remove toxins naturally. It is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment, that alleviates any symptoms of various upper and lower respiratory ailments by drying up an... »

Trolls, Evolutionary Psych, and Homeopathy: SkepchickCon, Part 3

Trolls, Evolutionary Psych, and Homeopathy: SkepchickCon, Part 3

This is the last installment of my SkepchickCon 2013 photo series. I will be discussing three pictures that I did for the Con and explain the meaning behind them. Remember, SkepchickCon is July 4-7 in Minneapolis. First, thanks to all who bid on my art for the SkepchickCon auction. All three pieces sold. Please check out the current auction up for SkepchickCon; our very own Mad Labber Anne Sauer w... »

Fauxtography Part 2: “PSYCHO”kinesis

Fauxtography Part 2: “PSYCHO”kinesis

My inspiration this week is telekinesis and psychokinesis. In scouring the nightmare of “scientific” research that is out there on telekinesis/psychokinesis, I actually learned an interesting factoid about the two words. Originally, the word “telekinesis” was used to describe objects being moved by ghosts, demons, imps, or other such supernatural forces via a medium. The na... »

Fauxtography Part 1: DIY Ghost Hoax

Fauxtography Part 1: DIY Ghost Hoax

Today I am introducing my “Fauxtography” series. In this series I will show you how you can create illusions of ghosts, manufacture orbs and rods, produce pareidolia, and have fun with a variety of photographic phenomena. Armed with my trusty Canon Rebel and Photoshop CS5, we shall run the gamut from blatant photographic manipulation to the reproduction of accidental effects which can ... »

By TheWiz83, A government office in L'Aquila damaged by the 2009 Earthquake

Italian Scientists Convicted for Earthquake Damage, and the Failure of Science Communication

This is a big deal: several Italian scientists were convicted for multiple manslaughter after a 2009 earthquake. And in amongst the cries and straw-men about “You can’t try someone for not being able to predict an earthquake!” there’s an interesting story. I recommend this summary, and this article in Nature (if you can get past the paywall). They do a better job than I could, largely because I am... »

Afternoon Snack 9.27.12

Afternoon Snack 9.27.12

This week on Afternoon Snack: get up close (and we mean really close) and personal with your food, and learn what bacon, corn, and GMOs have to do with each other. »

TTDH #3, Winning Randi’s Paranormal Challenge

TTDH #3, Winning Randi’s Paranormal Challenge

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