How MAS Didn’t Come to TAM

How MAS Didn’t Come to TAM

Once upon a time, or maybe twice, a skeptic named Zep who used to post on the JREF forum was instead taking the skeptical word to where it was needed most by posting on a Pakistani homeopathy forum. This landed a known homeopath in a lot of trouble…

Beware the spinal trap

Beware the spinal trap

On 19 April 2008, Singh wrote an article in the UK based newspaper The Guardian, which resulted in him being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association. Fortunately, Simon Singh is fighting this, with the help of an increasing number of supporters. Many have reprinted the article, and SkepticReport is one of them.

Aum Shinrikyo – Heavenly Terror,  Part 2

Aum Shinrikyo – Heavenly Terror, Part 2

The cult investigated various methods of implementing death and destruction on a massive scale. They tried every possibility, ranging from military weapons, to biological and chemical warfare. They settled on the nerve gas sarin, and ran several real-world tests, resulting in deaths. Life within the cult was no picnic either: Stay and obey, or leave and die.

Mind Games – A look at phrenology in the 1830s

Mind Games – A look at phrenology in the 1830s

Phrenology was a hot topic in 1830s America, the relatively new “offspring of inquiring and revolutionary age,” as the Quarterly Christian Spectator called it in 1834. It was hailed by some as a science that could unlock the secrets of the human brain by measuring the skull. It was denounced by others as sheer hucksterism – the work of con-men using the dubious notion of “cranial bumps” to make money off the gullibility of others.

Roger and me…

by Hans Egebo Roger Coghill of Coghill Research Laboratories, UK claims to be a scientist doing research work in the field bioelectromagnetism, which is defined as the study of interactions between biological entities and electromagnetic forces. This broad, multidisciplinary field includes the...
Atkins and other low-carbohydrate diets: Hoax or an effective tool for weight loss?

Atkins and other low-carbohydrate diets: Hoax or an effective tool for weight loss?

The Atkins diet books have sold more than 45 million copies over 40 years, and in the obesity epidemic this diet and accompanying Atkins food products are popular. The diet claims to be effective at producing weight loss despite ad libitum consumption of fatty meat, butter, and other high-fat dairy products, restricting only the intake of carbohydrates to under 30 g a day. Low-carbohydrate diets have been regarded as fad diets, but recent research questions this view.