Skeptical Briefs — Reality Check
A column currently written by emeritus professor of physics and astronomy Victor Stenger
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.
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?”
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...
In his book God and the New Atheism, theologian John Haught calls naturalism "deeply self-contradictory."
Is Science Based on Faith?
Christian apologists argue that evidence in religion is no less credible than evidence in science...
The Fallacy of Fine Tuning
Fine-tuning by design is a God-of-the-Gaps argument.
A Singular Error
In recent years Christian apologists have blatantly misled the public by claiming that no conflict exists between science and...
In 2008, a suit was filed asking for a temporary restraining order prohibiting CERN from turning on the Large Hadron Collider.
In 1989, the Oxford mathematician and cosmologist Roger Penrose published a bestselling tome called The Emperor's New Mind...
In one example, I argue that almost all religions posit an immaterial spirit or soul separate from the body...
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.
Bayes' theorem provides a means for calculating the probability of a statement being true based on the available evidence.
The last resort of the theist who seeks to argue for the existence of God from science and finds all his other arguments fail.
One sure way to unmask pseudoscientific arguments is to check the numbers.
A few months ago, the Smithsonian Institution agreed to cosponsor a film called The Privileged Planet...
Over a hundred planets beyond our solar system have been identified, with more being found every day.
The species of religious thought called creationism continues to evolve by a process of natural selection.
The notion that human consciousness can supervene the material principles of physics is often found in the literature on...
Evolution is often attacked as not being “good science.”
An extraordinary phenomenon is normally not considered to be even tentatively established until it has been observed...
"One of the most important principles of physics, that disorder, or entropy, always increases, has been shown to be untrue."
Praying for yourself may help you. Or it may harm you. Or it may do nothing at all. Each of these is possible...
Intelligent Design is the latest buzzword in the so-called dialogue between science and religion...
A common view is that science progresses as new theories replace old ones that are "proven wrong."
The principle behind almost all of alternative medicine is that some ëlan vital infuses organisms with life.
Recent trends in some academic circles have called into question conventional notions of truth and reality.
One of the results of a long and checkered career is the accumulation of assorted information, most of which does me no good.
Pseudoscience has become more sophisticated and, perhaps, more mainstream than it used to be.
Some time ago, I subscribed to Prodigy and spent many bemused hours corresponding with denizens of their physics bulletin board.
A wonderful document has wafted its way across my desk. It is either a press release or a scientific abstract...
My last column had a few things to say about claims of cancer risk produced by low frequency electromagnetic fields.
Sometimes the difference between real science and pseudoscience is so small that it is hard to tell which side you're looking at
One of the disadvantages of modern technology is that now anybody can publish his/her own book.
I’m the first to admit it: I have not made a scientific, double-blind study of this phenomenon.
Recently I pulled myself kicking and screaming into the nineties by subscribing to the Prodigy information service.