By their nature, paranormal claims depend not on positive but negative evidence, by which proponents attempt to use mysteries (“the unexplained”) to support their beliefs. In contrast, scientists seek to use positive evidence to solve mysteries.
Trends in Scientific Knowledge, Education, and Religion
The Science of Meaning
The Sixteenth European Skeptics Congress, London 2015
Pseudoscience has been rapidly gaining ground in the past few decades. Dietary supplements and homeopathic preparations, advertised by the disgraced Dr. Oz and his ilk, now constitute a multi-billion-dollar industry.
A famous sea serpent sighting has been an enduring mystery of the sea since 1848. However, new information suggests a solution.
The former National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s use of two U.S. government grant programs for small businesses is examined and found to lend legitimacy to the lucrative business of non-evidence-based medicine.
The Devil and the Details
Is the EmDrive Pseudoscience?
Unlocking the Treasures
A Review of Great Calculations: A Surprising Look Behind 50 Scientific Inquiries by Colin Pask
Memior of an Accused Satanist
A Review of Life After Death by Damien Echols
Not Seeking the White Whale or Tanystropheus
Is the Pope Catholic?
Correlations: How Do We Ever Establish Definite Causation?
The World Health Organization once again advocates for implementing complementary and alternative medicine in national health services, jeopardizing global public health and evidence-based medicine.
In an interview with Lindsay Beyerstein on the Point of Inquiry podcast, Offit spoke about the early 2015 measles outbreak at Disneyland, the anti-vaccination movement, and the importance of vaccination.
Do We Really Want to Believe in UFOs?
Treemonisha: Scott Joplin’s Skeptical Black Opera
Skepticism through Stick Figures
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Among those who believe the Bible is the word of God, those with more formal education are less likely to believe in human evolution than those with less education.
Bias in Reporting of Medical Research: How Dangerous Is It?
March 20, 2015
“You Are Smart,” a daily feature for commercial radio, made its national debut recently with host, Jim Underdown, executive director of CFI–LA and founder of the Independent Investigations Group (IIG).
Confessions of a Rock Shop Clerk
Evolution: The Big and the Small of It
Yes, But How Do You Explain This?
Africa’s Satanic Panic
When Genealogy Gets Distorted
The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures by Christine Kenneally.
Research on belief in the 2012 “apocalypse” demonstrates that specific psychological processes contributed directly to the maintenance of paranormal apocalyptic beliefs, even after the apocalypse did not occur.
Modern Geocentrism: A Case Study of Pseudoscience in Astronomy
Flaw and Order: The Science and Mythology of Criminal Profiling