Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 36.5
Skepticism is not just books and talks anymore. With the popularity of social media services, skeptical discussion and inquiry has moved beyond the written word and the podium. If you like your critical thinking in the form of a quick demonstration that can be as short as a music video, YouTube has you covered.
For as long as there have been people claiming to be mediums, there have been people like composer Damon Martin to call them out. His latest Traumatosis album, Cold Reading, takes the listener on a journey that details the deceptive techniques used by people who claim an ability to talk with the dead.
In my books and workshops on scientific paranormal investigation, I discuss how best to conceptualize a mystery: basically, an event out of context. A live dolphin lying on a Manhattan sidewalk is a mystery; that same dolphin in a tank at an aquarium is not.
I design jewelry that advocates education and science and that celebrates the brave, emerging society of freethinkers that I find myself a part of. It’s nice to be able to carry around a small piece of art that represents skepticism and the rational ideals that are helping to make this world a better place.
by Tim Farley
The skeptical community’s growth has led to many unanticipated creative projects, particularly online. One such project is Skeptic Top Trumps, a virtual deck of playing cards featuring caricatures of popular skeptics.
Art and skepticism do complement each other wonderfully in her work, but Call has slightly a different perspective: “In the end, I feel I’m firmly on the skeptic side, I believe. But I don’t see picking a side as my role as an artist. I see communication as my role.” Kylie Sturgess interviewed Call about her music and where skepticism harmonizes with art.
A conversation with award-winning cartoonist, fine artist, and stand-up comedian Dan Piraro.
by Barry Karr
The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) will award its 2011 Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking to psychologist Richard Wiseman for his book Paranormality: Why We See What Isn’t There.
The conference, held in Berlin from May 18–20, 2012, was a lively mixed gathering of people with a great number of countries represented both on the stage and in the audience.
Once you take out those plainly fake and the more suspicious looking ones all you are left with are about ten photos. These are, essentially, “mug shots” of wanted extraterrestrials. Here is my personal list of the best (or worst) photos of aliens.
Art and Skepticism Introduction
Nighthawks State of Mind
by Jeremiah Moss
Science and Art: Complementary Disciplines
by Joe Nickell
Confirmation Bias and Art
by Samuel McNerney
XKCD: A Perfect Marriage of Snark and Skepticism
by CSI Staff
Art and Skepticism
The ‘Murder’ of Vincent van Gogh
by Joe Nickell
What’s So Bad about Ad Hoc Hypotheses?
‘Top Ten’ UFO Case: Yukon, Canada, 1996—Busted!
Saving Us from Sweets: This Is Science and Government on Sugar
Tracking the Chupachameleon: Chupacabra Iconography
Are Conservatives and Liberals Different People?
A review of The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science—and Reality by Chris Mooney
The Puzzle of the Implausible
by Ronald L. Numbers
A review of Power and Illusion: Religion and Human Need by David W. Wilbur