Amuse Yourself with This Vintage Pseudoscience Personality Test

The internet is filled to the brim with personality tests like, "What kind of flavored potato chip are you?" In the old days, we had to get our pseudoscience personality tests the hard way, through literature and word-of-mouth. I finally tracked down one test that made the rounds at my school for years. » 7/28/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

Rare 1980s UFO Abductee Interview Is a Slice of Fringe Science History

UFO abductions were all the rage in the 1970s, and by the 1980s there were dedicated UFOlogists and even some scientists who were studying the phenomenon. And now you can take a peek at that era, when alien abductions were a new idea, in this rare interview with UFOlogist Budd Hopkins and an alien abductee. » 6/23/14 11:42am 6/23/14 11:42am

How to Quack-Proof Yourself Against Pseudoscience

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Most of us think of ourselves as savvy, informed individuals who approach the world with discerning eyes. But the truth is that we're often remarkably gullible when it comes to pseudoscience and quackery. That's the bad news. The good news is that it is surprisingly easy to tell quackery apart from real science. » 6/06/14 12:27am 6/06/14 12:27am

The 9 Most Influential Works of Scientific Racism, Ranked

Former New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade has just published a book about race and genetics that has stirred up debates over scientific racism that go back over 250 years. Where did his ideas come from? Here are nine major works of scientific racism that are still influencing thinkers today. » 5/13/14 12:34pm 5/13/14 12:34pm