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Studying Up with A Skeptic’s Guide to Conspiracy

Studying Up with A Skeptic’s Guide to Conspiracy

by Gurmukh Mongia
Volume 25.2, Summer 2015

Skeptical Podcasts

Now, in the age of the Internet, Bohler has decided to put his research on these fascinating topics online in the form of a blog and a podcast titled A Skeptic’s Guide to Conspiracy. Since 2011, he’s been putting all his exhaustive and thorough research to good use by providing a valuable resource for anybody looking for skeptical information about conspiracy theories.

You Can Lead Believers to Knowledge, but You Can’t Make Them Think

by Barbara Mervine
Volume 25.1, Spring 2015

“Give a person an answer, they will know Bigfoot isn’t real. Teach a person skepticism, and they’ll think Bigfoot isn’t real, aliens aren’t visiting from Venus, and they’ll vaccinate their children.”

Bitter(s) Medicine

Bitter(s) Medicine

by Joe Nickell
Volume 25.1, Spring 2015

Investigative Files

Bitters bottles are a window into an earlier era of quackery (although sometimes perhaps well-intentioned), as well as into the related worlds of unbridled advertising, liquor sales and consumption, and, of course, the very human need for relief from myriad ailments.

Myths about Nutrition

Myths about Nutrition

by Felipe Nogueira
Volume 25.1, Spring 2015

Skepticism and Science

As a PhD student in medical sciences, people often ask me questions about diet and nutrition. The problem is that several bogus claims have spread and are widely believed.

Paul McCartney Really Is Not Dead

Paul McCartney Really Is Not Dead

by Loren Collins
Volume 24.4, Winter 2014/2015

Paul McCartney was twenty years old when the Beatles came to fame, and only twenty-four when, as legend has it, he was killed in a car accident in 1966 and replaced with a lookalike.

Fortean Frog Falls: Facts and Fallacies

Fortean Frog Falls: Facts and Fallacies

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 24.4, Winter 2014/2015

The most likely explanation for how small frogs get up into the sky in the first place is meteorological: a whirlwind, tornado, or other natural phenomenon.

Dr. Pierce: Medicine for ‘Weak Women’

Dr. Pierce: Medicine for ‘Weak Women’

by Joe Nickell
Volume 24.4, Winter 2014/2015

Investigative Files

In the latter nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, alleged cures for “female weakness” were among the nostrums marketed by quacks.

Playing Witch Doctor: Hidden Ethics in Skeptical Ghost Investigation

by Benjamin Radford
Volume 24.3, Fall 2014

The drive from my apartment to the haunted house was about twenty minutes, but I found myself wishing it would take longer. I wanted more time to get a handle on what I was going to say, how I was going to tell the family that their house was not haunted by a demon or angry ghost.

The Harper’s Mansion Ghost Study

The Harper’s Mansion Ghost Study

by Paul McCaffrey
Volume 24.3, Fall 2014

The building of Harper’s Mansion began in 1834 by James Harper, a wealthy landowner in the town of Berrima, New South Wales. It has had many occupants since then and many claims of paranormal activities.

Poltergeist at Amityville?

by Joe Nickell
Volume 24.3, Fall 2014

Investigative Files

On December 18, 1975, George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into a six-bedroom Dutch colonial home in Amityville, New York. But soon they were driven out, they claimed, by horrific supernatural forces. Ghosts? A poltergeist? Demons? Let’s take a look, as new claims continue to surface.

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