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
Psychic Successes or Memory Failures?
How News about ESP Research Shapes Audience Beliefs
NCCAM Responds to ‘Nurturing Non-Science’ Article
Authors Reply to NCCAM Response
Acclaimed Harvard psychologist and best-selling author Steven Pinker was interviewed by Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney in a rare live edition of Point of Inquiry, the flagship podcast of our Center for Inquiry. Here is the majority of that interview.
The ‘Psychology Is Science, Not Witchcraft’ Campaign
News and Comment
Do You Believe That? Poll Zeroes in on Conspiracy Beliefs/Goat Sacrificed for Chicago Cubs Curse/Sylvia Browne Blunders Again, Telling Mother of Kidnap Victim Amanda Barry She Was Dead/British Businessman Sentenced in Bogus ‘Bomb Detector’ Scam
Bringing Bayes into Predictions
A review of The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t by Nate Silver
Nurturing Non-Science: Startling Concepts in the Education of Physicians
Climate Change Denial in the Classroom
No News Is Good News, but Bad News Is Deadly
A review of The Martians Have Landed!: A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes by Robert E. Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford
The Elberfeld Horses
Understanding Believers’ Cognitive Dissonance
Closing the Book on ‘Open-Mindedness’