Skepticism

  • Psychic TikTok is a Cesspit of Sylvia Brownes

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! In the past few years, I’ve seen a resurgence in a “belief” in astrology, at least amongst my friends and social media follows. I say “belief,” with quotation marks, because honestly I’ve never been sure how much people actually believe…

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  • How Teens Around the World are “Catching” Tourettes

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: I’ve long been fascinated by people who “fake” illnesses. It’s such a complicated mash-up of psychological disorders, real physical issues, medical neglect, marginalization — just a big mishmash of things I weirdly enjoy thinking about. I’ve talked in the…

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  • US Politicians Want Less Regulations on Snake Oil “Medicine” During a Pandemic

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Look, I’m not one of those jerks who shames people because whatever cause they care about isn’t what I think is the absolute most important cause to care about right now. You can definitely care about multiple things at once!…

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  • 20 Years of 9/11 “Truther” Conspiracy Theories

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Well, it’s been 20 years since terrorists hijacked some commercial airliners and crashed them into things, and what a 20 years it’s been! I was 20 years old and living in Boston. I woke up every morning to Howard Stern,…

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  • Why Are People **REALLY** Taking Horse Dewormer for COVID-19?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Last month, one of my patrons (hi Chris!) asked during my Patreon Q&A livestream “what’s the deal with Ivermectin?” And I was really annoyed because I had no idea at the time and it sent me on a deep dive…

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  • Famous Psychologist’s Honesty Study is a Fraud!?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! A few weeks ago, a friend of mine texted asking if any of our group knew of Dan Ariely, because she was interested in his first book “Predictably Irrational.” In fact, I do know of Ariely as I read that…

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  • I Am Dealing With the IPCC Global Warming Report

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Good news everyone, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released their latest report on the state of the planet. Let’s have a look, shall we? Excuse me, I have an important meeting to get to. In my bed. Wearing…

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  • Dowsing in genealogy

    Last week I put this post aside as being a bit too niche, but then Rebecca posted this great takedown of dowsing and all of a sudden my topic is downright topical. Did you skim past the subtitle and want to guess how dowsing is used in genealogy? Personally, I would have guessed pendulum dowsing to test hypotheses. And I…

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