8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments

We need science more than ever, yet many people find it hard to get accurate information about the scientific method and its achievements. Making things more difficult, their misconceptions about science are often driven by logical fallacies, or errors in deductive reasoning. Here are eight of the most common… » 1/14/15 10:25am 1/14/15 10:25am

Do These NASA Photos Reveal a Coffin on Mars?!

I'm excited to report that in 2015, it looks like the Mars rover Curiosity has found Dracula on Mars. At least, that's what UFOlogists think — and if you look at this picture, you'll probably be convinced too. Occam's Razor and all that. » 1/01/15 1:30pm 1/01/15 1:30pm

Now the CIA Wants to Take Responsibility for All UFO Sightings

One of the most popular documents released by the CIA in 2014 was an account of U-2 testing from 1954-1974. In a creepily sarcastic comment, the CIA's Twitter rep wrote, "Reports of unusual activity in the skies in the '50s? It was us." You can imagine what the citizens of Twitter had to say about that. » 12/29/14 4:42pm 12/29/14 4:42pm

Stop Putting New Age Pseudoscience in Our Science Fiction

If the pseudoscientific woo about love and time travel in Interstellar pissed you off, you aren't alone. Though Christopher Nolan's gorgeous space opera isn't the first science fiction film to descend into a morass of new age platitudes, here's why it should be the last. » 11/10/14 2:29pm 11/10/14 2:29pm

Lockheed Scientist Gives Deathbed Interview About UFOs at Area 51

Boyd Bushman says he was a senior scientist at Lockheed Martin, and before he died he wanted the world to know about all the classified data he'd gathered about aliens from top-secret sources at Area 51. So he did this final interview, complete with pictures. » 10/31/14 1:38pm 10/31/14 1:38pm

Definitive Proof That Nostradamus Predicted Star Wars

The prophecies of the French astrologer Nostradamus remain famous more than 400 years after his death. He has been credited with predicting events like the French Revolution and World War II. But, after careful scrutiny, we present evidence that his prophecies were, in fact, plot spoilers for the Star Wars films. » 10/30/14 9:00am 10/30/14 9:00am

10 Bizarre Theories About The Pyramids That DON'T Involve Aliens

The ancient Egyptians built the pyramids to inspire awe, but could they have known that they would also inspire idiocy? For millennia, individuals have gazed upon these edifices, seeing them not as they are, but as projections of their own beliefs. Here are ten of the strangest theories—no aliens required. » 10/22/14 10:11am 10/22/14 10:11am

Everything You Need To Know About Lemuria, The Lost Continent Of Lemurs

In 1858 a young zoologist, playing around with an idea, came up with a possible lost continent. This led to one of the longest and weirdest pseudoscience theories of all time, as Lemuria became a lost island of lemurs that had everything from sanskrit to sasquatch. » 8/21/14 6:20am 8/21/14 6:20am

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 7/28/14 7:00pm

Shark Week Doubles Down On Its Lies

Last week, Youtube user "Fisher86" posted what appeared to be a video shot with a camera phone of a shark in Lake Ontario. It resulted in mainstream news coverage and official government warnings. It was all a hoax created to drum up interest in Shark Week. And to scare people. » 7/16/14 7:10pm 7/16/14 7:10pm

Politician Explains Why Sodomy Is Causing AIDS Due to "Sperm Enzyme"

Bob Frey is a Republican running for the Minnesota House of Representatives, and he's worried about the economic cost of sodomy. He's not against gay people, mind you — the problem, he explained yesterday, has to do with the way sperm burns our anal cavities. Here's his theory. » 7/11/14 4:52pm 7/11/14 4:52pm

Preppers Explain Why They Joined The Organic Food Movement

Activists championing organic foods have found support among preppers. They're sympathetic to the "government is a conspiracy and corporations are evil" idea. But what really made preppers into anti-GMO food activists is their desire to have a healthy post-apocalyptic lifestyle. » 7/10/14 8:00am 7/10/14 8:00am

If You Love Science, This Will Make You Lose Your Sh*t

Over the past few years, social psychologists have come under fire for publishing work based on falsified and non-reproducible evidence. And now one social psychologist has published an awe-inspiringly clueless rant about this situation that will leave you smashing your face into your desk. » 7/07/14 5:00pm 7/07/14 5:00pm

The Utterly Unsurprising Origins Of Bigfoot's DNA Samples

An unprecedented peer-reviewed genetic survey of more than 30 biological hair samples purportedly left behind by either Bigfoot or the Yeti shows they actually came from creatures considerably less mysterious... such as bears, horses, and cows. » 7/02/14 8:30am 7/02/14 8:30am

Why Believing In Astrology Is Not As Harmless As You Think

People who diligently follow their horoscopes may claim that it's all just good fun. But on closer examination, this claim falls flat. Here's why astrology is potentially damaging to our understanding of science, relationships — and even our place in the universe itself. » 6/25/14 11:20am 6/25/14 11:20am

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

10 Pseudo-Science Theories We'd Like to See Retired Forever

Pseudo-science theories are a little like puppies. They're fun, fluffy things to talk about, and most of the time they're harmless. Sometimes, however, they get big, mean, aggressive, and have to be put down. Here are a few pseudo-science theories that need the Old Yeller treatment. » 6/18/14 10:24am 6/18/14 10:24am

How to Quack-Proof Yourself Against Pseudoscience

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. » 6/05/14 2:00pm 6/05/14 2:00pm

An Argentinian UFO Hovers Mysteriously Over a Forested Hill

This UFO was captured in the skies above Tucumán, Argentina. What kind of craft could zoom so close to the treetops and then into the skies? » 6/05/14 3:30pm 6/05/14 3:30pm

Ebenezer, the Creation "Museum", and dinosaur private ownership

As you may have read on the mainpage, the Creation "Museum" in Kentucky was using this Memorial Day weekend to open a new exhibit: a semi-complete skeleton of Allosaurus fragilis named Ebenezer. » 5/27/14 4:33pm 5/27/14 4:33pm