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Understanding Believers’ Cognitive Dissonance

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Closing the Book on ‘Open-Mindedness’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Perpetual Discussion!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

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Skeptics Organize in Indonesia

May 6, 2013
Skeptics Organize in Indonesia

Every day in Indonesia you will hear or see psychics, paranormalists, parapsychologists, and pseudoscientists spreading, scaring, and scamming the nation with irrational beliefs and pseudoscience through the media. You will be able to see them planting thoughts into peoples’ heads so that they can offer solutions and take people's money.

It’s the End of the World and They Don’t Feel Fine: The Psychology of December 21, 2012

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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It’s the End of the World and They Don’t Feel Fine: The Psychology of December 21, 2012

Cognitive science research on belief in the 2012 “apocalypse” demonstrates that dissociative processes contribute directly to this belief through reduction of the “feature-intensive” cognitive processing that would engender appropriate skepticism.

Indignation Is Not Righteous

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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Appeals to righteous indignation or sanctity—which attempt to shield ideas from contemplation, discussion, investigation, or criticism—are common, impede rational discourse, and should be recognized as logical fallacies.

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Mystics, Mycobacterium, and the Gospel of Matthew

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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The Math Behind the Myths

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

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Paul Kurtz and the Virtue of Skepticism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

Paul Kurtz In Memoriam

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Additional Tributes

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

Paul Kurtz In Memoriam

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The Return of Repressed-Memory Satanic Ritual Stories

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 37.1, January/February 2013

Book Review

A review of Twenty-Two Faces by Judy Byington.

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End of the World Looms According to Maya’s Calendar

Skeptical Briefs Volume 22.3, Fall 2012

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One Young Man’s Struggle against Louisiana’s Creationist Lobby

January 17, 2013
One Young Man’s Struggle against Louisiana’s Creationist Lobby

When I became a senior in high school, I finally recognized that no one had launched a repeal of the LSEA and no one was going to. For my high school senior project, I decided I had to stand up and take on creationism in Louisiana. I partnered with Senator Karen Carter Peterson, who has now sponsored two bills to repeal the LSEA.

Exposing the Faith-Healers

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 11.1, Fall 1986

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There we sat, listening, scanning, searching, and adjusting. While Alec worked with the equipment, I kept a watchful eye for anyone who might interfere. The time dragged. Now the service inside the auditorium was about to start; we had searched for more than an hour, and we still hadn't found what we were looking for.

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A Golden Age of Harmony? Misrepresenting Science and History in the 1001 Inventions Exhibit

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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The Higgs Boson and the Future of Physics

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

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Four Realms of Inquiry

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.6, November/December 2012

Book Review

A review of Handling Truth by William Gardner.

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Can Carry-On Explosives Bring Down an Airliner?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 22.2, Summer 2012

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Nighthawks State of Mind

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Confirmation Bias and Art

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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XKCD: A Perfect Marriage of Snark and Skepticism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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The Puzzle of the Implausible

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

Book Review

A review of Power and Illusion: Religion and Human Need by David W. Wilbur

Conspiracy Theorist Claims NASA Picnic Photos Were Faked

Skeptical Briefs Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

Humor

Citing irregularities in photographs posted on the About Us page on the official NASA website, Northern Virginia resident Brian Williams is calling the space agency’s employee and family picnic, allegedly held this last summer, a complete hoax.

Eyewitness to the Paranormal: The Experimental Psychology of the ‘Unexplained’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Eyewitness to the Paranormal: The Experimental Psychology of the ‘Unexplained’

Research in experimental psychology has shown that many paranormal sightings fall directly within the realm of eyewitness memory. Experiments reveal that such “sightings” derive from the psychology of the observers rather than from supernatural sources. Experiments show these proclivities.

What’s Going On in Our Minds?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

Book Review
What’s Going On in Our Minds?

A review of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

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The Top 20 Logical Fallacies

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Political Myths that Influence Voters

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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Dinodang: The Melon Rex Myth

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

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South Korean Skeptics Work to Promote Science-Based Medicine

October 10, 2012
South Korean Skeptics Work to Promote Science-Based Medicine

My name is Uiwon, Hwang, 35 years old. I majored in railroad engineering at university and worked as a rolling stock driver after graduating. I always had some interest in the global scientific skepticism movement, a rare case in Korea. This is how I started to work in the field of scientific journalism.

The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

An analysis of four classic flying-saucer incidents reveals how debunking can send a mundane case underground, where it is transformed by mythologizing processes, then reemerges—like a virulent strain of a virus—as a vast conspiracy tale. Defined by the Roswell Incident (1947), this syndrome is repeated at Flatwoods (1952), Kecksburg (1965), and Rendlesham Forest (1980).

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