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How to Protest a ‘Psychic’

October 1, 2012
How to Protest a ‘Psychic’

Last fall, it was brought to my attention that John Edward was scheduled to appear in downtown Oklahoma City for two seminars on March 9, 2012. I brought this information to the campus group that I advise, the UCO Skeptics, and suggested we plan a protest to help educate people on exactly what John Edward would be doing, and that it was in no way related to supernatural abilities.

Indignation Is Not Righteous

Online Extras
September 27, 2012

The Twin Fallacies of Appeal to Righteous Indignation and Appeal to Sanctity.
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.

CSICon’s Halloween Party: Use Psychic Powers, Dress Funny, Win Cash!

September 12, 2012

Skeptics are excellent at using their brains, but all that thinking can be exhausting. Luckily, at this year’s CSICon -- the conference dedicated to science and skeptical inquiry -- there’s going to be a way for the doubters to let their hair down, and win some truly excellent prizes.

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The Trouble with Pseudoskepticism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

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A Feeble Challenge to Evolution from ‘Reasons to Believe’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Special Report

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Is Science the Antidote to Deepak Chopra’s Spirituality?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

Book Review

A review of War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality by Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow

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SensaSlim Lawsuit Seeks to Silence Skeptics

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

Resolution: Scientific Standards in Academia and Education

May 31, 2012
Resolution: Scientific Standards in Academia and Education

At the occasion of the 6th World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, CSI, ECSO and GWUP adopted a resolution calling for high standards of scientific practice in scientific institutions and in science education.

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My Ephemeral Friend

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

Forum

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Steven Novella Honored with CSI’s Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.2, Summer 2011

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Three: Real Messages in DNA

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

Article
Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Three: Real Messages in DNA

The Lost Civilizations of North America documentary suggests that there is genetic evidence for a pre-Columbian migration of Israelites to the Americas. However, DNA studies provide no support for this hypothesis.

The Mysterious Meteorite of Chalk Mountain, Texas

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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The Mysterious Meteorite of Chalk Mountain, Texas

In May 2009 a meteorite impact was reported just thirty miles south of Fort Worth, Texas, but the mysterious object was of a very unusual composition for a meteorite. Had an impact occurred, it would have caused widespread devastation-yet nothing of the sort happened.

The HPV Vaccine Controversy

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

Commentary
The HPV Vaccine Controversy

Ever since the FDA approved the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in 2006, its introduction has been embroiled in a medical, social, cultural, and political controversy.

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Measuring Mythology: Startling Concepts in NCCAM Grants

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Laughing Goats and Scowling Sheep: Humor in Paranormal Discourse

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

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Information Literacy and Conspiracy Theories

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

Article

Tripping on the Trebuchet: An Interview with George Hrab

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

Interviews
Tripping on the Trebuchet: An Interview with George Hrab

Musician and skeptic George Hrab recently sat down with Skeptical Briefs to discuss his latest album, Trebuchet, his Geologic Show at Dragon*Con, and why bald guys are just plain smarter than everyone else.

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Digital Clock Numerology

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

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The All-Dressed-Up-and-Going-Nowhere Ghosts

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Two: False Messages in Stone

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

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Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part Two: False Messages in Stone

The documentary Lost Civilizations of North America presents a distorted picture of American prehistory. The archaeological evidence presented to support notions of ancient pre-Columbian contact consists of long-discredited frauds.

Disputing ‘Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

Follow-up

This collection of letters was previously posted as an Online Extra. Read it in CSI's Special Articles section »

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Paranormal Misinterpretations of Vision Phenomena

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

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9/11: Perspectives from a Decade Later

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

Commentary

Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part One: An Alternate Reality

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Article
Civilizations Lost and Found: Fabricating History - Part One: An Alternate Reality

The Lost Civilizations of North America documentary is one in a long line of failed attempts to populate America’s ancient past with the denizens of lost tribes, lost cities, and, as its title indicates, lost civilizations.

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An Ambitious, Hopeful Response to 9/11

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Commentary

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When the Shrinks Ignore Science, Sue Them

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Commentary

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Pastafarian Quatrains

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Forum

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A Flawed Attempt to Reconcile Religion and Science

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Book Review

A review of The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions by Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins

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A Modern Fable about Science and Religion

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

Book Review

A review of The Monkey Bible: A Modern Allegory by Mark Laxer

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The Psychic and I

Skeptical Briefs Volume 20.4, December 2010

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