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.
Why Do People Believe in Gods?
And Ghosts, Angels, Demons, Fairies, Goblins, and Other Imagined Conspiracies?
Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers: Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Ideation
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”?
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.
The Secular Are Skeptics: The Worldviews of Today’s University Students
Raelism: Christianity for the Space Age
UFOs and Cognitive Science: A Case Study
How I Was Scammed by Kevin Trudeau
In August of 2009, I was asked to tag along with a ghost-hunting group that was going to do a paranormal investigation of a private residence. Despite the fact that there were simple and very plausible explanations for everything he experienced, the owner was completely convinced he had purchased a haunted house.
With a half a century plus of interest in UFOs, astronomy, and science, I’ve despaired that in all that time I’ve never seen a real UFO. (With emphasis on what the “U” stands for of course.)
Paperback Evil: The Review
A review of Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium, by Mark Edward.
What Is the Danger That Terrorists Will Attack the United States with a Nuclear or ‘Dirty’ Bomb?
A Review of Studies on the Moon and Human Behavior and Lunar Beliefs
We’re Here to Help
May 5, 2014
This recent Point of Inquiry interview with Ann Druyan has now been transcribed and is available to read.
April 16, 2014
This classic Point of Inquiry interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson has now been transcribed and is available to read.
Problems with Modern Medicine: Too Much Emphasis on Disease, Not Enough on Managing Risk
The Sacrifice of a Skeptic
Explanations and Meta-Ideas
A review of Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel Dennett
The Unexplained Files—TV Mystery-Mongering
A review of The Unexplained Files on The Science Channel
The Future of High Energy Physics in the United States