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The true science behind our most popular urban legends. Historical mysteries, paranormal claims, popular science myths, aliens and UFO reports, conspiracy theories, and worthless alternative medicine schemes... Skeptoid has you covered. From the sublime to the startling, no topic is sacred. Weekly since 2006.

Skeptoid Brian Dunning

    • Science
    • 4.6 • 2.5K Ratings

The true science behind our most popular urban legends. Historical mysteries, paranormal claims, popular science myths, aliens and UFO reports, conspiracy theories, and worthless alternative medicine schemes... Skeptoid has you covered. From the sublime to the startling, no topic is sacred. Weekly since 2006.

    Falling Fish Followup

    Falling Fish Followup

    Some feedback and followups to a raft of previous Skeptoid episodes.

    • 14 min
    Can You Tell if I'm Lying?

    Can You Tell if I'm Lying?

    Can watching body language really tell you when someone is lying?

    • 14 min
    False Flag Attack? The USS Liberty

    False Flag Attack? The USS Liberty

    Officially, Israel's 1967 attack on the USS Liberty was accidental friendly fire; but many claim it was a deliberate conspiracy.

    • 16 min
    The Haunting of the Stanley Hotel

    The Haunting of the Stanley Hotel

    Colorado's Stanley Hotel is famous not only for its association with The Shining, but also for ghosts of its own.

    • 16 min
    The Secrets of the Integratron

    The Secrets of the Integratron

    This white dome in the California desert may house the secrets of the universe, or nothing more than delusions.

    • 15 min
    Science Friction now available on streaming

    Science Friction now available on streaming

    Skeptoid Media's first full-length feature documentary movie, Science Friction, is now available to stream on Prime Video.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

LaughingSoHappy ,

The Best!

Along with The SGU, Skeptoid is the best source for unbiased, science based investigation of all manner of mysteries, folklore and historical incidents. Be skeptical!

Watson Suey ,

Fantastic

This is a favorite. A shorter podcast but full of excellent information. Pealing back the false information!!

burnbabyburn0317 ,

Entertaining but by no means the final word on the subjects covered.

Skeptoid covers an interesting array of topics, many of which I would credit it for introducing me to. The host champions the scientific method and empiricism, and calls himself a skeptic. I would characterize him as a debunker instead. Mr. Dunning will (typically after an intro ad or plea for donations) briefly introduce a topic, usually with an air of cynicism or worse yet, outright contempt. He will briefly posit a reason or three why said topic is bunk, have another lengthy and distracting mid-show commercial, then smugly pat himself on the back for solving the mystery, case closed. I was especially saddened by the episode on Oak Island, where Mr. Dunning describes the material found at the Money Pit as a natural sinkhole filled with storm blown debris, case closed. This does not agree with the eyewitness accounts, and I find it inherently unscientific for someone who is supposedly unbiased to be so flippantly dismissive of a complex and potentially historically significant topic. This is backwards of how science works. Mr. Dunning explores topics which he has already made up his mind about and has clear prejudices against. Maybe I’m asking too much. I mean, how thoroughly can you cover any story in fifteen minutes, when nearly half the show is advertising, or what feels like weirdly nuanced sub-surface conservative political rhetoric? I will keep listening, but I would urge the listener to keep an open mind and not rely on this show as the sole source of information, as it has a clear bias, intended or not.

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