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Victor Stenger

Victor J. Stenger is emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii and Visiting Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Colorado. His latest book is The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: How the Universe is Not Designed for Humanity. His previous books include Not By Design, Physics and Psychics, The Unconscious Quantum, and Timeless Reality: Symmetry, Simplicity, and Multiple Universes.

The Problem with the Cosmological Constant

Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.1, Spring 2011

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The Problem with the Cosmological Constant

Einstein had inserted into his gravitational equation a factor called the cosmological constant that provided a repulsive force to counteract the gravitational attraction that otherwise would make the universe collapse. Although the cosmological constant is often referred to as a “fudge factor,” that is a misnomer.

Did the Universe Come from Nothing?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 20.4, December 2010

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Did the Universe Come from Nothing?

They will tell you that they intuitively feel that something must be “out there,” some power that is responsible for the universe and the laws that govern it. After all, they ask, “How can something come from nothing?”

Is There Evidence for an Afterlife?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 20.2, June 2010

D’Souza claims that near-death experiences (NDE) suggest that consciousness can outlive the breakdown of the body, and they cannot be explained as the...

Is Carbon Production in Stars Fine-Tuned for Life?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 20.1, March 2010

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Is Carbon Production in Stars Fine-Tuned for Life?

For years theists have claimed that the constants of physics had to have been finely tuned by God for life in the universe to be possible...

Thoughts and Matter

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.4, December 2009

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In his book God and the New Atheism, theologian John Haught calls naturalism "deeply self-contradictory."

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Is Science Based on Faith?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.3, September 2009

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Christian apologists argue that evidence in religion is no less credible than evidence in science...

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The Fallacy of Fine Tuning

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.2, June 2009

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Fine-tuning by design is a God-of-the-Gaps argument.

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A Singular Error

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.1, March 2009

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In recent years Christian apologists have blatantly misled the public by claiming that no conflict exists between science and...

Will the LHC Destroy Earth?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 18.2, June 2008

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In 2008, a suit was filed asking for a temporary restraining order prohibiting CERN from turning on the Large Hadron Collider.

Is the Brain a Quantum Device?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 18.1, March 2008

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In 1989, the Oxford mathematician and cosmologist Roger Penrose published a bestselling tome called The Emperor's New Mind...

ESP and Religion

Skeptical Briefs Volume 17.4, December 2007

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In one example, I argue that almost all religions posit an immaterial spirit or soul separate from the body...

The Mindless Quantum

Skeptical Briefs Volume 17.3, September 2007

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Two recent films tell us that we can change our lives, heal our ills, and become rich and famous just by thinking we can do so.

Onward Science Soldiers

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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In a poll taken in 1998, only 7 percent of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences said they believed in a personal God.

God and Rev. Bayes

Skeptical Briefs Volume 17.2, June 2007

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God and Rev. Bayes

Bayes' theorem provides a means for calculating the probability of a statement being true based on the available evidence.

Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 16.2, June 2006

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The last resort of the theist who seeks to argue for the existence of God from science and finds all his other arguments fail.

Free Energy and Teleportation: Numbers Don’t Lie

Skeptical Briefs Volume 15.4, December 2005

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One sure way to unmask pseudoscientific arguments is to check the numbers.

The Privileged Planet

Skeptical Briefs Volume 15.3, September 2005

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A few months ago, the Smithsonian Institution agreed to cosponsor a film called The Privileged Planet...

Marooned on Spaceship Earth

Skeptical Briefs Volume 14.4, December 2004

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Over a hundred planets beyond our solar system have been identified, with more being found every day.

The Evolution of Creationism

Skeptical Briefs Volume 14.2, June 2004

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The Evolution of Creationism

The species of religious thought called creationism continues to evolve by a process of natural selection.

Can Prayer Change the Past?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 14.1, March 2004

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Can Prayer Change the Past?

The notion that human consciousness can supervene the material principles of physics is often found in the literature on...

Darwinism and the Age of Earth

Skeptical Briefs Volume 13.2, June 2003

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Evolution is often attacked as not being “good science.”

Meta-Analysis and the Filedrawer Effect

Skeptical Briefs Volume 12.4, December 2002

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An extraordinary phenomenon is normally not considered to be even tentatively established until it has been observed...

Has the Second Law Been Falsified?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 12.3, September 2002

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Has the Second Law Been Falsified?

"One of the most important principles of physics, that disorder, or entropy, always increases, has been shown to be untrue."

The Science of Prayer

Skeptical Briefs Volume 11.4, December 2001

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Praying for yourself may help you. Or it may harm you. Or it may do nothing at all. Each of these is possible...

The God of Falling Bodies: Galileo, Newton, Bentley, and Leibniz Chat on the Internet

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 25.5, September / October 2001

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The God of Falling Bodies: Galileo, Newton, Bentley, and Leibniz Chat on the Internet

Here's what might transpire if Galileo were a modern-day experimentalist engaged in an e-mail dialogue...

The Emperor’s New Designer Clothes

Skeptical Briefs Volume 10.4, December 2000

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Intelligent Design is the latest buzzword in the so-called dialogue between science and religion...

Buddy Can You Paradigm?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 10.3, September 2000

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Buddy Can You Paradigm?

A common view is that science progresses as new theories replace old ones that are "proven wrong."

The Energy Fields of Life

Skeptical Briefs Volume 8.2, June 1998

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The principle behind almost all of alternative medicine is that some ëlan vital infuses organisms with life.

Questioning Truth and Reality

Skeptical Briefs Volume 8.1, March 1998

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Questioning Truth and Reality

Recent trends in some academic circles have called into question conventional notions of truth and reality.

Quantum Quackery

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 21.1, January / February 1997

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Quantum Quackery

An objective reality, with no special role for consciousness, human or cosmic, is consistent with all observations.

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