Steven Novella is a
cynical clinical neurologist at Yale University and a prominent skeptic, probably one of the busiest in the field. His main project is the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast, which he hosts with his panel of skeptical "rogues." It's run out of the New England Skeptical Society (NESS), which he helped found in the 1990s. The NESS is separate from JREF, but accepts applicants for Randi's $1 million challenge and performs the first stage tests. Due to his credentials as a doctor, he tends to focus on alternative medicine and other types of quackery, though he also covers creationism, UFOs and Big Pharma quite heavily as well.
He has been one of the most outspoken critics of the anti-vaccination movement. Novella got into a dust-up with David Kirby of the Huff Woo over the MMR/vaccine scare. There was some long, drawn-out drama between Novella and Michael Egnor over creationism and mind-body dualism. He has also had some protracted debate with a notable proponent of mental illness denial, Fred Baughman.
Novella runs and contributes to a number of blogs, including Science-Based Medicine. He was one of the original signatories to Project Steve. He is also an unabashed Star Trek and sci-fi geek, but constant critic of Ray Kurzweil.
- The NESS
- SGU Podcast
- Neurologica blog, owner
- Science-Based Medicine blog, editor and founder
- SkepticBlog, contributor
- Quackwatch, occasional contributor