Reviews

Romance in the stones? The power of crystals vs the power of suggestion

Crystal healing continues to undergo a resurgence in popularity, but when put to the test, believers can't tell the difference between a real crystal or a fake

2019’s ‘The Mandela Effect’ is a stylish, shallow exploration of a rather silly conspiracy theory

While Mandela Effect believers seek fantastic explanations, the mundane truth is that our memories are far less reliable than we'd like to believe

‘The Secret’ to a bland romance is: victim blaming, apparently

Katie Holme's Law of Attraction rom-com is a relatively benign affair, but the philosophy behind 'The Secret' has cruel and grim implications

Captured by Aliens? A History and Analysis of American Abduction Claims, by Nigel Watson

'Captured by Aliens?' is an excellent introduction to alleged alien contact, but misses the opportunity to update on previous editions

How to Cook That, with Ann Reardon: cooking tutorials with baked-in skepticism

Ann Reardon's uber-successful cookery YouTube channel smuggles in good, solid skepticism among the Spongebob Squarepants cakes

Netflix’s (Un)Well leaves me (un)impressed

(Un)Well's false balance and fence-sitting is a missed opportunity to demonstrate the real harms of the wellness industry

Behind the Bastards, with Robert Evans: an infectiously enthusiastic dive into the darkness

Behind the Bastards is an irreverent and upbeat dive into often extremely dark subject matter, delivered with infectious enthusiasm.

Blockbuster Science: the real science in science fiction – David Siegel Bernstein

Those who enjoy science fiction may well enjoy its science a lot more after reading Blockbuster Science and, for many of us, enjoying science is a way of enjoying life.

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