Category Archives: Skepticism

Stop Sylvia Browne

Sylvia Browne is a self-proclaimed psychic who is an outright liar or is delusional, given how wrong she almost always is and yet apparently completely lacking in empathy about the harm she causes in her victims. In order to expose her frauds, Robert Lancaster had been maintaining a website documenting her wrongs, but recently an unscrupulous person has taken over his original domain by taking advantage of its expiration while he was hospitalized. He has been forced into moving the domain for the website, so we need to use the new domain to stop Sylvia Browne and other fraudulent psychics like her. (And sadly to say, the complete lack of evidence otherwise seems to indicate there's no other kind of psychic ...)

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe is one of my favorite podcasts. It discusses what's wrong with the woo woo stuff out there in a common sense manner, has great humor, and is very informative overall. Listening to it is a great way to fortify yourself from being duped by con artists or self-delusions such as the paranormal or alternative medicine.

Of course, the reason I don't believe in woo woo stuff is not just because they're woo woo, but because there's no evidence for them. If anyone could show rigorously that things like telepathy exists then I'd believe them, but areas such as the paranormal or alternative medicine are so full of con artists or arguments from assertion that it's hard to take any of them seriously.