Pseudoscience: Homeopathic hocus-pocus
Aug 15, 2018 · 2 

By Jon Hauxwell, MD The nonprofit Center for Inquiry has lodged a federal lawsuit against pharm giant CVS due to its deceptive marketing and sales of “homeopathic” nostrums. CVS manufactures its own HP products, and sells other brands. CVS is charged with “deliberately fostering the impression through display and placement that they are effective to treat …

The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain
Aug 14, 2018

By Ben Yagoda I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency people have, when considering a trade-off between two …

Of Course, Qanon
Aug 10, 2018 · 1 

By Robert Blaskiewicz The Qanon conspiracy theory is both an old and new conspiracy theory; the narrative elements of the conspiracy long predate this most recent assemblage. In the week since Qanon signs and supporters appeared at the President’s Tampa rally waving signs and wearing Q t-shirts, the press has focused on the bizarre beliefs promulgated …

Don’t pack your bags for Mars just yet
Jul 30, 2018 · 1 

By Don Lincoln Water is literally the elixir of life. Without it, no Earthly living organism can survive. It’s the reason that the Sahara and Atacama deserts are barren wastelands. When humans began exploring our planet, each time they encountered a new island or valley, finding drinkable water was their first order of business. And …

Woman Tried to Treat Athlete’s Foot with Raw Garlic. It Burned Through Her Toe.
Jul 20, 2018

By Laura Geggel A woman in England learned the hard way that it’s not safe to treat a foot fungus infection by covering it with slices of raw garlic, according to a new report of the woman’s case. Instead of treating her athlete’s foot, the garlic severely burned and blistered the woman’s skin, ultimately landing her …

Center For Inquiry Sues CVS for Defrauding Customers With Homeopathic “Medicine”
Jul 10, 2018 · 2 

By Hemant Mehta The Center For Inquiry has filed a lawsuit against CVS Health Corporation (which includes its nearly 10,000 pharmacies) for promoting and selling homeopathic remedies. CVS is deceiving customers, CFI says, “through its misrepresentation of homeopathy’s safety and effectiveness, wasting customers’ money and putting their health at risk.” Homeopathy is, of course the sham treatment that takes …

Remembering ‘The Great Agnostic’
Jul 3, 2018 · 6 

By Mike Hibbard He has been called the most remarkable American most people have never heard of. His name is Robert Green Ingersoll, and his birthplace in this tiny Yates County village has reached a milestone anniversary. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum opened for its 25th consecutive season. Officials …

No, You Probably Shouldn’t Follow Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Lectin-Free’ Diet
Jun 26, 2018 · 2 

By Bahar Gholipour In a recent interview with NBC’s Today show, singer Kelly Clarkson said her 37-lb. (17 kilograms) weight loss was a happy side effect of a diet she followed primarily to overcome her thyroid problem. “I literally read this book, and I did it for this autoimmune disease that I had, and I had a thyroid …

Yes, There Are Bacteria on Your Kitchen Towel. No, They Won’t Make You Sick
Jun 12, 2018 · 1 

By Rachael Rettner Your kitchen towel may harbor a number of different bacteria, a new study finds. But does that mean your towel can actually make you sick? Although the new finding may sound gross, it doesn’t mean you should ditch your kitchen towel; experts said the bacteria found on the towels in this study …

Looking for Life on a Flat Earth
Jun 5, 2018 · 2 

By Alan Burdick On the last Sunday afternoon in March, Mike Hughes, a sixty-two-year-old limousine driver from Apple Valley, California, successfully launched himself above the Mojave Desert in a homemade steam-powered rocket. He’d been trying for years, in one way or another. In 2002, Hughes set a Guinness World Record for the longest ramp jump—a hundred and three …

How Much Can We Know?
May 31, 2018

By Marcelo Gleiser “What we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning,” wrote German physicist Werner Heisenberg, who was the first to fathom the uncertainty inherent in quantum physics. To those who think of science as a direct path to the truth about the world, this quote must …

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous
May 29, 2018 · 2 

By Gabrielle Glaser J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner. His choice of profession seems preordained, as he speaks in fully formed paragraphs, his thoughts organized by topic sentences. He’s also a worrier—a big one—who for years used alcohol to soothe …