Proof That There is No Sixth Sense… I’ll Examine The Facts

A new study was published in Plos One leading many to claim that there is no sixth sense. As you can imagine paranormal critics are happy to see a science-based explanation for the claim of sixth sense… But let’s dig…

Analyst vs. Critic: Cryptozoology and Pseudoscience

In each installment of Analyst vs. Critic I take on an article written about suspected paranormal phenomena. I will examine the breadth and depth of the article and look for signs of bias and flawed thinking. I don’t do this…

Proper Criticism

As part of CSICOPs About page, they encourage careful, rational, critical examination of unusual claims. As a guide they recommend Ray Hyman’s paper entitled “Proper Criticism.” You can read the piece in it’s entirety here. This piece makes a lot…

What Happens When we Have a Logical Stalemate… Critics Win??

This is a common occurrence in the world of paranormal investigations; paranormal believers and skeptics face off citing what a phenomenon could be, proposing their own hypotheses. Remember a proposed explanation, even if it is rooted in scientific principle is…

Are Some Paranormal Claims Solved?

On the Skeptic.com website Michael Shermer ran a video describing skepticism. In this video he claimed ESP, dowsing and creationism have been tested so many times that they are provisionally false. If we want to be critical thinkers we should not…

Definitions Investigators Need to Know: Evidence, Hypothesis, Theory

Through my reading and dissection of articles from a wide range of authors it has became obvious to me that both sides of the aisle (paranormal believers and critics) do not understand some fundamental definitions of common terms. Evidence: Paranormal…

Where’s the Proof? The Scientific Method Applies Both Ways

So many people want proof of the paranormal and paranormal critics are quick to say there are scientific explanation for paranormal claims. While this may be true, the burden of proof is not on paranormal investigators alone, it applies both…

Paranormal Skeptics now Called Paranormal Critics

After some more research on the history of skepticism and some deep research into the origins of the “scientific skepticism” movement I think it is no longer appropriate to address all skeptics en masse. This is an unfair generalization and…

Analyst vs. Critic: Ghost Hunting Mistakes

In each installment of Analyst vs. Critic I take on an article written about suspected paranormal phenomena. I will examine the breadth and depth of the investigation and look for signs of bias and flawed thinking. I don’t do this…

Earthquake Lights – Strange But True??

A new study provides more evidence that Earthquakes can cause strange lights to appear along faults. Scientists are unsure as to the precise cause of these lights but hypothesize it may be due to electrical current generated from the shifting…

Rick Dyer Claims to Have the Body of Bigfoot... Again

Rick Dyer Claims to Have the Body of Bigfoot… Again

If you have been a follower of Bigfoot news for the last year you have probably heard of Rick Dyer. Rick Dyer claims he shot a Bigfoot in Washington about a year ago. Only recently has Mr. Dyer released pictures…

Strange Ice Formations

Strange Ice Formations

Ice PancakesThese strange formations look like floating pancakes but they are made from ice. The dinner plate sized ice pancakes are believed to be formed be eddies in the river. Foam gets trapped in the swirling eddies and eventually freezes…