A crop circle in Switzerland.
The internet has allowed pseudoscience to flourish. Artificial intelligence could help steer people away from the bad information.
Netflix’s new show fails to critically explore the alternative therapies it promotes.
Alternative therapies have a lot to offer consumers. The Goop Lab only serves to set back the wellness cause.
The Goop Lab launches Jan. 24, 2020: it will likely be full of magical thinking and unproven health stories — making it a huge conflict of interest for Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth Paltrow's new Netflix series, The Goop Lab, raises serious questions about the spread of health misinformation as well as the conflict of interest the show represents.
Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted by the apparition of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley.
Sometimes the unknown is more appealing than the truth – and it has kept ghost hunters in business for generations.
New evidence suggests most YouTube videos on climate change deny its existence.
We’ll say someone’s brainwashed only when we disagree with their beliefs or actions.
Forty years ago, Rebecca Moore's two sisters helped plan the Jonestown massacre. But she refuses to say they were brainwashed, arguing that it prevents us from truly understanding their behavior.
A quirky quiz probably isn’t going to tell you much about your innermost essence.
Few can resist an assessment that promises to reveal your hidden, true self. But new research suggests that people mistakenly believe difficult to answer questions offer deep insights.
Proof of time travel, false memories or a parallel universe? A look at the wacky world of the 'Mandela Effect'.
Research must be carefully scrutinised by peer reviewers to ensure its veracity.
Scientific truth is based on a body of research which has been tried and tested by many researchers over time. Peer review filters the good science from the bad.
The pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt.
Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters
The belief that ancient Egyptians needed help from supernatural beings to built the Giza pyramids relies, unavoidably, on racism and colonial attitudes.
Is that a black hole, or a hole in their data?
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
There are a few red flags to look out for when reading about new scientific discoveries that can help you spot dodgy or unreliable work.
It’s easy to tell the direction of the human gaze.
Laurinemily at English Wikipedia
Is someone looking at you or are you just imagining things? A neuroscientist explains.
I just can’t seem to get my replication studies published.
Only 1% of published psychology research papers are ever repeated. If psychologists want their discipline to be taken seriously, they'll need to get their house in order.
Take my radically intuitive theory and ‘poof’, general relativity will be disproved.
General relativity challenges our intuitive conception of how space and time work, which might explain why it's such a popular target for crank theorists.
Family resemblance isn’t only down to genes, but also to the influence of the environment on those genes.
Epigenetics is increasingly used as a buzzword to sell pseudoscientific products, but the truth of epigenetics is even more interesting – and complex – than the quacks claim.
Pseudoscience: we should know better by now.
The pseudoscience, conspiracy theory and woo spreading across the world wreaks havoc on those that buy into it.
Exposing people to weak forms of anti-science arguments can help them respond when they are hit by the real thing.
A small dose of a weak form of anti-science can inoculate people against the real thing, just like a vaccine.
Look beyond tinfoil hats – the most dangerous pseudoscience comes from scientists.
Scientists should study pseudoscience – see what the pseudoscientists are up to and perhaps (for a laugh) try a few pseudostudies themselves. Critically, scientists must learn what really distinguishes…
Oh no – not that mistake again.
UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH: What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Understanding what’s being said in any new research can be challenging and there are…
If only it was that easy.
During World War II, residents on the islands in the southern Pacific Ocean saw heavy activity by US planes, bringing in goods and supplies for the soldiers. In many cases, this was the islanders’ first…