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Press for What's The Harm

This site has been mentioned in the press and on the web, here are some highlights:

Penn Says

Friday, February 6, 2009

Many thanks to Penn Jillette for the great video about the site he posted today. Click play to watch, if you haven't seen it already. Thanks, Penn!

From Crackle: What's the Harm?

Be sure to give Penn's many other videos over at Crackle.com a look too, click the hyperlink above to get there. (If for some reason there is no video player displayed above or it doesn't work, also click that link to view the video over at Crackle).

Blog Attention

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Thank you to all

the many great skeptic and science websites and other blogs that have linked to this site, either in a post or in your blogroll or both. In no particular order, here's a little "link love" for:

NeuroLogica Blog

Respectful Insolence

Science-Based Medicine


Masala Skeptic

Bug Girl's Blog



Not A Potted Plant

The Skeptic's Field Guide

Tiny Frog

The Bronze Blog

The Perky Skeptic

Don't Get Fooled Again

Critical Mass Podcast


The Macho Response

The Jolly Bloger

Bay of Fundie

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Anon Galaxy


a Nadder!

The Truth Behind...

Steel City Skeptics

A Division by Zer0

Central Valley Alliance of Atheists & Skeptics

One Astronomer's Noise

Roughing It In Vegas

Not Exactly Rocket Science


Marius' Corner

It's the Thought that Counts

Marc's Musings

The Dubious Manifesto



Eternal Ephemeron

The Good Kentuckian

Petter's Blog

The Frustrated Teacher

The Miserablist Speaks


Skiing Mount Improbable

Some Canadian Skeptic


The Daily Doubter

Erich sieht

TechSkeptic's Data Daily

Interesting Things

From a LAN Downunder

The Edger

Homologous Trend

Basket Weavers Revenge!!

Science-Based Parenting

Homo Academicus

Mully410 Critical Blog


Surely You're Joking


The Millstone Around Your Neck

J-Walk Blog


Common Sense

ravings of a mad sceptic

original reject

tempyra's posterous

Thinking Is Dangerous

The Rational Skeptic

Boston Skeptics

If I missed you, I apologize. Email me and I'll remedy it in a future update.

Skepticality podcast

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Derek and Swoopy interviewed me about the site on episode #84. It was great to finally visit their studio, which is right nearby here in Atlanta.

The Guardian (UK)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Rose Shapiro recounts "A Bad Week for Alternative Medicine" in the news, and works in a nice plug for the site. Take a look at Rose's great book "Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All" in the store.

ABC News

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A nice profile of the site by Tuan Nguyen, including some background as to why I started it. It is titled "Victimized by Astrology and... Veganism?" (I made some adjustments to the vegetarianism category as a result of the criticisms here).


"I think it's excellent," Michael Shermer, president of The Skeptics Society, says of the site. "'What's the harm?' is the question that all of us skeptics get asked whenever we do interviews on T.V. or debate people about irrational beliefs. And often, they are quite harmful."

Live Science

Thursday, July 17, 2008

In a story titled "Psychic Nearly Destroys Family" writer and investigator Ben Radford tells the story of Colleen & Victoria Leduc, who are also here in our psychics category. Ben has written some great books, check them out.

Discover / Bad Astronomy

February 12, 2008

Just a few weeks after I launched the site, Dr. Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer) highlighted it in a blog post. Holy traffic boost, batman! It was a huge leg up for the visibility of the site. (And he followed up with more links too!). He recently released his second book, "Death from the Skies" and I recommend you give it a look.

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