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Famous Last Words PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Karen Stollznow   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:49

In recent weeks we’ve been following the tragedy and mystery of the Malaysia Airlines flight 370 that vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board. Less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing all communication was cut off. The plane diverted unexpectedly across the Indian Ocean and disappeared from civilian air traffic control screens. There has been much controversy surrounding the transcript of the last incoming transmission between the air traffic controller and the cockpit of the ill-fated flight.

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You just got lucky: This week in Doubtful News for April 8, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sharon Hill   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:00

Here is a rundown of hoaxes, flops, and downright lucky breaks this week courtesy of Doubtful News.

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The Honest Liar - Bernie Madoff Worked Hard for the Money PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JREF Staff   
Monday, 07 April 2014 17:23

Bernie Madoff worked hard to rob his victims of billions of dollars. Be it Monte or Madoff, con artists are skilled deceivers who understand human foibles and can use these skills to take unfair advantage. While there are always observers who are quick to blame the victim, people duped by con artists are not perpetrators. While it is true that human psychology and flawed thinking may help us become co-conspirators in such predations, nevertheless blaming the victim offers neither insight nor explanation. If we are going to understand how and why such schemes are successful, we must credit the con man.

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Last Week In Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   
Monday, 07 April 2014 12:46

Here is a recap of the stories that appeared last week at Science-Based Medicine, a multi-author skeptical blog that separates the science from the woo-woo in medicine.

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The Leopard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamy Ian Swiss   
Friday, 04 April 2014 13:36

Some people see human tragedies as a time for empathy, sympathy, or charity.

Then there are those who see it as an opportunity. 

It didn’t take long after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, for Uri Geller to take to the airwaves and claim that he was asked to help in the search for the plane.

There should be nothing surprising about this. The most dangerous place on planet earth might be trying to stand between Uri Geller and a TV camera. 

What is perhaps surprising is how many people believe his claim. 

I don’t.

Occam’s Razor – a useful tool in critical thinking, and one frequently helpful in dealing with the likes of Mr. Geller (Example: How might one cause a compass to move? Psychic powers, or a magnet?) – advises us to begin solving any mystery by first considering the simplest possible explanation.

Applying this to Mr. Geller’s claim would suggest that – quite simply – no one called on Mr. Geller at all.

“I have been asked by a substantial figure in Malaysia who I know…”

Uh… really? Who exactly? And why haven’t they owned up to doing so? 

Because you’re a useless self-promoting exploiter of human misery, Mr. Geller? 

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