Hypnosis thief on video using seemingly magical methods Last week we posted a story about a lawyer accused of inappropriate behavior via hypnosis. This story of a robbery that appeared to take place by the "hypnosis thief" left police scratching their heads. What’s going on here when one allows a perpetrator to root through his pockets and then says he doesn’t recall what happened?
Two stories of dangerous, delusional faith healers who will continue practicing - in Australia and Canada.
Spiritual healer will continue to make cancer treatment claims in Australia The Health minister of the Northern Territory in Australia tried to put a stop to these nonsense claims of special healing but there are no laws that can be used to prevent him from practicing. They advised him to stop false advertising as an “esoteric mind specialist” but he says he won’t.
Hard-to-stop convicted sex offender still practicing faith healing In St. Mathieu D’Harricana in northwestern Quebec, Claude Provencher has been repeatedly accused and even convicted of sexual offenses but he still claims he is a gift from god. An undercover media report reveals his sick methods to "heal" women who come to him for care.
Norwegian psychic Michael Winger takes credit for finding missing person As is common, a self-described psychic takes credit for a less than impressive “find” of a missing person. Anyone can draw a circle on a map, but it takes psychic skill to draw the edge just inside of where the body was actually found and remain so confident. Fail.
Two stories from India that reflect the struggle between old prescientific notions and a move to modern thought.
There shall be no mocking of astrology in India! But there will be here! A parliamentary official, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, remarked that the concept of the atom was known centuries ago in India, that ayurveda medicine was mocked but now accepted, and that astrology was just like astronomy. Some laughed at him. I know I did.
Kerala pursuing anti-superstition law The legacy of assassinated rationalist Narendra Dabholkar continues to be felt in India as the more progressive state of Kerala seeks to promote legislation against the practice of sorcery and black magic that deceives citizens with supernatural promises.
Brain train down the drain Brain training software companies were knocked off their pedestal when a large study showed such programs have no merit is raising IQ and increasing intelligence. Actually, exercise works better - go for a walk.
Freak out over parlor game: Silly warnings in Ireland about Ouija board In Ireland, the religious and the paranormalists are fretting over a parlor game. They fear the Ouija board is bad news and can lead to trouble with spirits. Alrighty then… where is the evidence for that?
Peter Underwood, paranormal researcher, passed at age 91 Paranormal researcher Peter Underwood, expert on the haunting of Borley Rectory, supposedly the most haunted house in England (but rather thoroughly debunked), passed away in November. He had appeared on U.K. TV shows about hauntings and the paranormal.
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