Not Seeking the White Whale or Tanystropheus
‘Post-Materialist’ Science? A Smokescreen for Woo
The 1848 ‘Enormous Serpent’ of the Daedalus Identified
Encouraging Evidence-Free Enterprise: Business on a Bed of Sand
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
We present a condensed version of an earlier interview about Ann Druyan’s experience with the first and the new Cosmos series by Josh Zepps for our Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast.
December 9, 2014
What happens when the Independent Investigations Group and CSI go after “the mother of all extraordinary claims”?
December 5, 2014
Public discussion of scientific topics such as global warming is confused by misuse of the term "skeptic."
The Rendlesham UFO Incident: A Study in Folly
Encounter in Rendlesham Forest: The Inside Story of the World’s Best-Documented UFO Incident by Nick Pope
Consider the notion that taking a photograph of a person “steals his or her soul.” It’s an easy concept to dismiss, as it seems so simplistic and overtly fallacious. But I claim there is value in actually considering this notion more carefully.
The “woo” crowd—the psychics, the charlatans, the “healers” and others—are out there in the public; they are writing the books, setting up conferences, and getting themselves extensive media coverage. We need to match their exposure with our own and be there to give the counterpoints.
October 16, 2014
Jean Dommanget died on October 1, 2014 at the age of 90. He was an astronomer and head of the Département “Astrométrie et Dynamique des corps célestes” at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. He was an internationally acknowledged specialist in the domain of double stars.
A study of federal funding advancing naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and energy healing as acceptable medical protocols finds troubling misuse of taxpayer dollars.