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The Inception of the Polish Sceptics Club

November 18, 2011
The Inception of the Polish Sceptics Club

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.

Hello, Grandmother—What Big Eyes You Have

November 16, 2011
Hello, Grandmother—What Big Eyes You Have

A review of Little Red Riding Hood (DVD).

Introducing the Menrva Foundation for Science and Reason

November 9, 2011
Introducing the Menrva Foundation for Science and Reason

Founded in 2011, the Menrva Foundation for Science and Reason is striving to popularize science in Indonesia.

A Bestiary of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Notes from the Front Line

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

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A Bestiary of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Notes from the Front Line

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 Slam-Dunk Debunk

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

Book Review
A Slam-Dunk Debunk

A review of Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore by Benjamin Radford

Statement From CSI/CFI on Walmart’s Marketing of a Homeopathic Flu Remedy

January 25, 2011
Statement From CSI/CFI on Walmart’s Marketing of a Homeopathic Flu Remedy

Statement from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Center for Inquiry on Walmart’s marketing of a homeopathic flu remedy

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When Does a Person Become a Human Subject?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Follow-up

Sensitivity to human subjects issues is important and praiseworthy, but there is some confusion regarding the formal definition of human subjects research.

Alternate Cover

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Online Extra
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Alternate Cover for Issue 33.6, November / December 2009

Ask the Outlaw Skeptic

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Online Extra

What is a "skeptoid" anyway?

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Does Subliminal Persuasion Work? It Depends on Your Motivation and Awareness.

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

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Recent psychological research provides more answers about why and when subliminal information can influence...

The British Centre for Science Education (BCSE)

December 11, 2006

The British Centre for Science Education is a newly formed organisation with the primary purpose of stopping the teaching of...

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A Sweedish Professorship in Parapsychology

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

News & Comment

When the Danish margarine manufacturer Poul Thorsen died in 1962, he had recently bequeathed a large sum of money for...

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Palm Readers, Stargazers, and Scientists: A Critique of Futurism

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 29.5, September / October 2005

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Scientific Futurism is not that different from psychic futurism. It serves many of the same purposes and is subject to many...

Touch Wood

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Touch Wood

"Touch wood" or "knock on wood" is a popular saying to reverse any bad luck that might come your way, due to a recent action...

Rabbit’s Foot

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Rabbit’s Foot

Rabbits and hares were considered very lucky animals as they were associated with spring and the return of flowers and other...

Wishbones

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Wishbones have become a common tradition at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners. The general rule is that the wishbone...

Umbrellas

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

An umbrella, according to popular superstition, should never be open indoors or you will bring bad luck on all the people...

Spiders

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Apparently the superstition surrounding spiders dates back to Egyptian times when spiders were associated with riches.

Spilt Salt

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Salt was once considered a very precious commodity; as important as money has grown to be. Because it was so valued...

Sailors

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Sailors have attributed superstitions to almost all aspects of their work and life on the sea. One of the common traits of...

Spilt Milk

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Many food and beverages that were valued had superstitions associated with them to deter the waste of such commodities.

Hats

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Many superstitions are associated with hats, several now being modified into rules for manners and etiquette.

Definitions of Superstition

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Superstitions are beliefs in ideas or practices based on the supernatural as opposed to laws of science. People look for...

Cracks

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Ill-fortune is said to be the result from stepping on a crack in the pavement. Present day society usually associates...

Lucky Charms

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

A charm can be almost any object, as shown by the countless examples of charms or amulets that have been said to ward off...

Actors and Actresses

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

The superstitions surrounding actors and actresses were more prevalent in the Middle Ages, when performances would...

Common Superstitions

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004

Short list of common superstitions

Horseshoes

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Horseshoes

The horseshoe is considered very lucky and used to be hung in many homes to protect and attract good fortune for the family...

Pennies

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Pennies

Lots of superstitions center around money. Almost all forms of currency have at least one superstition associated with them.

Four-Leaf Clovers

Superstition Bash
January 13, 2004
Four-Leaf Clovers

The superstition of the four-leaf clover is thought to originate with the Druids. Apparently they believed the shamrock...

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