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Report From SkeptiCal, the Northern California Science and Skepticism Conference

Report From SkeptiCal, the Northern California Science and Skepticism Conference

by Susan Gerbic
June 27, 2016

I attend as many skeptic conferences as I can, and each one has its own “flavor” and style. SkeptiCal differs from others by being a no-frills event, but without you noticing that those frills are missing.

Genius Java: Memory Boosting Coffee

Genius Java: Memory Boosting Coffee

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
June 23, 2016

In one sense it might actually make you smarter: if you can understand why its claims are questionable and can apply those lessons to other marketing claims.

Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work—Interview with Kat Arney

Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work—Interview with Kat Arney

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
June 22, 2016

A look at the history, influence, mysteries, and misconceptions about the field of genetics.

Is the Scientology Personality Test Scientific?

Is the Scientology Personality Test Scientific?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
June 17, 2016

We just wanted to see whether the OCA would give us any special insight that other personality tests, such as the famed Myers Briggs Type Indicator, didn’t offer… As we explained that we were there to take the personality test, voluntarily, rather than being prompted on the street, her eyes grew wider.

Attack of the 12-Foot Rats: Why Bad Math Runs Rampant

Attack of the 12-Foot Rats: Why Bad Math Runs Rampant

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
June 15, 2016

Another reason why we don’t fact-check math: there’s a tendency to ascribe truthiness to a claim with numbers in it.

Fate: Inventing Reasons for the Things that Happen

Fate: Inventing Reasons for the Things that Happen

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
June 10, 2016

You might guess there wouldn’t be much psychological research on belief in fate, destiny, or purpose, but you’d be wrong.

Isabela

Isabela

by Susan Gerbic
June 9, 2016

This is a story about the wonder of science and the power of connection.

Skepticism at the Center:  Event Report of NECSS 2016

Skepticism at the Center:  Event Report of NECSS 2016

by Russ Dobler
Special Report
June 8, 2016

“It’s why the skeptics’ movement was founded—to tackle the issues people think important but that mainstream science considers too ridiculous to bother with.”

The CAMphora: Health in a Jar

The CAMphora: Health in a Jar

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
May 18, 2016

My flabber was thoroughly gasted. Apparently you sit in the jar and put water and maybe Chinese herbs into it and it is connected to 220-volt electricity.

Notable Articles about the Creation of CSICOP and Skeptical Inquirer

Notable Articles about the Creation of CSICOP and Skeptical Inquirer

by Timothy Binga
May 17, 2016

A collection of early articles about CSICOP, compiled for our readers.

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