PRINT & ONLINE
“Tod durch Hypnose” (pd), Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 2, 2021.
“ “‘Healing’ crystals are having a pandemic moment. But science says they’re just pretty stones.” Washington Post, April 1, 2021.
“Le hasard fait bien des chose” a review of “Pour Quoi Moi? Hasard Dans Tous Ses Éstats” Le Monde, January 15, 2021. [pdf]
“What Your Ability to Handle Horror Movies Says About You,” The Cut, June 14, 2018.
“Immunity dog: the canine with magical powers protecting Twitter users from death,” New Statesman, August 31, 2017.
“Why I Wrote This Article on Malcolm Gladwell’s Keyboard,” New York Times, June 2, 2017.
“Exorcising the Cubs’ curse and the psychology of baseball superstitions,” Associated Press, October 7, 2016.
“Why Americans are some of the world’s worst savers,” Marketwatch.com, April 14, 2016.
“Want to get pregnant? Sit here.” Ozy.com, December 4, 2015.
“America’s Top Superstitions — And Where They Come From” Yahoo! Health, October 21, 2015.
”Charlie, Charlie, are you there?” Why teens are summoning demons, explained.” Vox, June 5, 2015.
“The Odd Superstition Behind Birthmarks” The Atlantic, April 8, 2015.
“Why that ‘Facebook copyright’ hoax will never, ever die” The Washington Post, January 6, 2015.
“The Enduring Scariness of the Mad Scientist” The Atlantic, October 29, 2014.
“Why You Believe In Ghosts, Even Though You Know Better” Huffington Post, October 30, 2014.
“Why are Americans Going Broke? A New GoBankingRates.com Investigation Dives into U.S Consumer Spending” PRWeb.com, June 26, 2013.
TELEVISION & VIDEO
“Are You Superstitious?” Chronicle, WCBV TV, Boston, October 7, 2016.
“Political Superstitions On Electoral Day” HuffPost Live, November 6, 2012.
“Origins of Friday the 13th Fears” CBS Sunday Morning, January 13, 2012.
“Americans” Reliance on Credit Leads Many Into Debt” PBS NewsHour, August 18, 2008.
RADIO & PODCASTS
Triskaidekaphobia and Superstitions, The Show About Science, April 3, 2016.
“Friday The 13th: Are You Superstitious?” The Joy Cardin Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, December 13, 2013.
“Science and Pseudoscience,” NPR”s Science Friday, August 29, 2003.
Happy Springtime! Here in New England it’s beginning to be keep-the-windows-open time.
My latest column for Skeptical Inquirer is “From False Cause to False Cure: Autism and the Rich and Famous.” It reports on the reemergence of celebrities in the autism world—this time to promote discredited therapies for people with severe autism. I was happy to see that the article was promoted by RealClearScience and has now been translated into Spanish for the Buenos Aires based magazine Pensar.
My friend Andreas Mink, who writes for a number of German language newspapers in Europe, recently interviewed me for a fascinating story about the shockingly widespread use of hypnosis by police in witness interviews, particularly the Texas Rangers. I spoke about the fallibility of human memory and the power of suggestion in interviews. The two-page-spread article was published in the Sunday May 2 edition of the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. The article is behind a paywall, but for any of my German-speaking friends who might be interested, a pdf of the article can be found here. I love this graphic NZZ used with the article.
Finally, it appears that I am the go-to skeptic for comments about crystal healing. I am not sure how that happened, but I was recently interviewed for the Washington Post. In this case the author of the piece did a reasonably good job. The title says it all. “‘Healing’ crystals are having a pandemic moment. But science says they’re just pretty stones.” Very expensive pretty stones in many cases.
That’s it for now. Thanks to science, it looks as though I will be attending the 2021 Timeworld Global Congress on Randomness in Paris, July 1-3. I will be speaking on the topic “Can Humans Tolerate a Random World.” You can find out more about the conference at this link. I will let you all about it when I get back.
Bye for now. Enjoy the spring breezes.
- Beware the Child Rescuers
- QAnon & Upcoming Events
- A New Year
- Philadelphia Talk & Thanksgiving
- Friday the 13th & Philadelphia Critical Thinking Talk
- Halloween, British Museum Magazine, and James Randi
- The Free Market & Some Sad News
- COVID-19 and the Tyranny of Now
- Brazilian Skeptics & COVID, Superstition on BBC Radio 4, British Museum, & Spanish Translation