My Ephemeral Friend
Steven Novella Honored with CSI’s Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking
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.
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.
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.
Measuring Mythology: Startling Concepts in NCCAM Grants
Laughing Goats and Scowling Sheep: Humor in Paranormal Discourse
Information Literacy and Conspiracy Theories
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.
Digital Clock Numerology
The All-Dressed-Up-and-Going-Nowhere Ghosts
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.
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Paranormal Misinterpretations of Vision Phenomena
9/11: Perspectives from a Decade Later
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.
An Ambitious, Hopeful Response to 9/11
When the Shrinks Ignore Science, Sue Them
The Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Pastafarian Quatrains
A Flawed Attempt to Reconcile Religion and Science
A review of The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions by Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins
A Modern Fable about Science and Religion
A review of The Monkey Bible: A Modern Allegory by Mark Laxer
The Psychic and I
Hungry for Life: Caloric Restriction and Science
November 18, 2011
In 2010 (the best year for Polish charity), we were able to donate 43 million PLN to improve early cancer diagnosis in children. That’s forty-six times less than the money Polish people have thrown away for fortune tellers. This comparison quite effectively shows the preferences and beliefs of an average Pole.
November 16, 2011
A review of Little Red Riding Hood (DVD).
November 9, 2011
Founded in 2011, the Menrva Foundation for Science and Reason is striving to popularize science in Indonesia.
Two social scientists describe their experience confronting the 9/11 Truth movement in the United Kingdom after they published a paper linking conspiracy theories with extremist ideology.
A review of Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore by Benjamin Radford
January 25, 2011
Statement from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Center for Inquiry on Walmart’s marketing of a homeopathic flu remedy
When Does a Person Become a Human Subject?
Sensitivity to human subjects issues is important and praiseworthy, but there is some confusion regarding the formal definition of human subjects research.