Category Archives: Pseudoscience

Science Moms: Fighting Fear with Facts and Empathy

Science Moms is a short but important documentary that provides a calm, measured, evidence-based response to the many irrational, anti-science narratives that try to sell fear to parents and which are perpetuated by groups like Moms Across America and by … Continue reading

Posted in Movie Reviews, Popular Culture, Pseudoscience, Science Education, Skepticism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guest Post: The Fascinating World of Ghosthunting

This is a guest post written by Niels Böge Nothdurft from Denmark. Long before I learned about critical thinking and became a skeptic I was fascinated by all kinds of what I would call woo today. That fascination hasn’t stopped, … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Pseudoscience, Religion, Skepticism, Superstition | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

The Dangers of Anti-Vaxxers and Bad News Reporting (Guest Post by Niels Böge Nothdurft)

This is another guest post written by Niels Böge Nothdurft from Denmark. In this post, Niels discusses the popular fears surrounding the Gardasil vaccine in Denmark and how inaccurate and sensationalistic reporting in the news media contributed to these fears … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Pseudoscience, Skepticism | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rock ‘n’ Reverse: Skeptical Lessons from the Backward Masking Scare

“Just ‘cause you feel it, doesn’t mean it’s there.” ~ Radiohead, “There There” In the campy 1986 horror film Trick or Treat, directed by Michael Martin Smith and written by Rhet Topham, a devil-worshiping rock star named Sammi Curr meets … Continue reading

Posted in Popular Culture, Pseudoscience, Religion, Skepticism, Superstition | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Spirit of Paranoia: A Critical Analysis of “Zeitgeist” (Part II)

Part II of Peter Joseph’s Zeitgeist, titled “All the World’s a Stage,” describes the events of September 11, 2001 in a manner very similar to Dylan Avery’s 2005 conspiracy documentary Loose Change. In fact, many portions of Part II are … Continue reading

Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Movie Reviews, Popular Culture, Pseudoscience, Skepticism | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Tribeca Film Festival vs. Anti-Vax Propaganda

The tension between good science and conspiracy-happy fearmongering about some of the most important innovations in science has manifested itself in every aspect of social life, including and perhaps especially in popular culture. A recent instance of this tension can … Continue reading

Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Popular Culture, Pseudoscience | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Critical Review of “GMO OMG” (Part 1): He Blinded Me with Pseudoscience

Wasting all your time on drama, could be solving real crime Waste away your mind too. ~ My Morning Jacket, “Highly Suspicious” Independent filmmaker Jeremy Seifert chose a very apt title for the anti-GMO documentary he wrote and directed in … Continue reading

Posted in Movie Reviews, Pseudoscience, Science Education | Tagged , , | Leave a comment