Archive for the ‘Skeptic’ Category

Alien Abduction Tales Offer Clues on Memory

Monday, June 28th, 2004

Recalling a traumatic memory may provoke severe distress in people, even if the memory may be a product of their own imagination, according to a new study.

The study showed that people who claim to have been abducted by aliens show the same signs of distress, such as increased heart rate, sweating, and muscle tension, shown by people recalling more plausible traumatic events, such as wartime experiences.

Researchers say these signs of distress are often viewed as a testament to authenticity of a person’s memory of a traumatic event, such as childhood abuse. But the researchers say these results show that physiological responses should not be used to verify traumatic memories in the evaluation of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What, this study is assuming that these people haven’t been abducted by aliens! How insensitive.

Link (WebMD)

WHO Issues Alternative Medicine Warning

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

The World Health Organization says the incidence of adverse drug reactions from ‘alternative’ and ‘traditional’ medicines have more than doubled in three years. The WHO is warning people worldwide that the use of these “largely unregulated”, traditional, complementary and alternative medicines could cause serious harm.

Natural doesn’t always mean safe, according to WHO.

I feel an Abbott and Costello routine coming on…

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Indecipherable voices murmur about UFOs

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

Australian UFO researchers, with audio link.

Link; Audio Requires RealPlayer)

“I’m just the telephone,” says psychic; in other news, door is a jar

Sunday, June 20th, 2004

‘I’m just telephone,’ says famous psychic

Link (Winnipeg Sun); More on Sylvia Browne at CSICOP.org

Interview with author of “Christian Harry Potter” book

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

The author of Shadowmancer talks about his early interest in the occult, and his later transformation into a clergyman.

Skeptics might be more interested in His Dark Materials, a trilogy by Phillip Pulman.

Link (christianitytoday.com)

Animal Psychic Helps Find Horse

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

One psychic predicted that Blake, an eight-year-old thoroughbred, was tangled up and couldn’t get loose. She said she could see the numbers five and seven, and there was a little red barn.

When Blake emerged from the park after 72 hours, he was about one-sixteenth of a mile from Route 571, near a red barn.

Okay, the “tangled up and couldn’t get loose” part was probably a miss. The little red barn I hesitate to call a hit (how many red barns are in the area, and was the red barn “little”?). But the 5 and 7 was pretty good.

We’ll give the psychic a HIT on this one, good job!

Link (some horse website)

More on fraudulent prayer researchers

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

The Journal of Reproductive Medicine has withdrawn from its Web site a September 2001 study that demonstrated the benefits of prayer on fertility treatments, following recent concerns raised by the research community about the validity of the results. One of the three authors of the paper is a lawyer and psychic researcher who last month pleaded guilty in a Pennsylvania court to a number of charges, including using phony identities and defrauding the cable company Adelphia Communications of more than $1 million.

Link (biomedcentral.com)

Psychic reviews as-yet-unreleased videogames

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

Xbox Nation asked a bona fide soothsayer to read the signs, interpret the stars, and review some of the hottest Xbox games yet to be released. Welcome to Divination Nation.

Will Fable really be the greatesr RPG of all time? Will Halo 2 match the impossibly high standard set by its predecessor? Tired of waiting for these and other titles, Xbox Nation cut to the chase and contacted a real, certified psychic, Tricia Hollenberg from San Francisco—a vessel to the stars, channeler of the cosmos, reader of the chicken entrails—for unfiltered, unbiased predictions for the Xbox games—of the future!

7/10 for Halo 2? C’mon that game will be a 10!

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