I intended to write lots on this blog about pseudoscience, but people like me who have been living in North-Eastern Japan have been busy, among other things, with getting used to the idea of living with constant blackouts, avoiding certain food, and reducing the frequency of drinking tap water. As I was searching for information germane to my last few articles, I realized that there was a lot of nonsense being spread around the world, regarding the current situation in Japan. A piece I wrote has been published on the JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation) blog, where I talk about the hoaxes, scams, and pseudoscience that I discovered through my research.
If you don’t know James Randi (stage name: The “Amazing” Randi), he is the magician-turned skeptical activist, making it his life’s work to ensure that people are not deceived, and that the deceivers are explicitly exposed. His blog contains the writings of talented professionals from varies fields, who research and expose frauds, shams, and charlatans; and I am very happy to be a contributor to such an amazing group (no pun intended). Skeptical outreach has a lot of hurdles, but Randi makes it appear easy. If you wanted to know what that looks like, watch how it’s done. What I wrote about in many ways connects to his TED talk: