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Hanging Out at the Café: Cultures of Skepticism and Belief

Hanging Out at the Café: Cultures of Skepticism and Belief

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
September 4, 2015

Whereas Chris Mooney’s 2005 book detailed an organized conservative campaign against science, my California experience was something quite different—a fairly coherent culture that includes both pro- and anti-science viewpoints.

Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

by Tamar Wilner
August 24, 2015

While we’re arguably awash in more misinformation than ever before, online media have also enabled tools and sources that help us evaluate dubious claims.

Do Essential Oils Cure Everything?

Do Essential Oils Cure Everything?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
August 13, 2015

My understanding of essentially oils was essentially (sorry) that they were concentrated versions of various smelly things: lavender, eucalyptus, rose. And that aromatherapy enthusiasts used different smells to evoke different emotions or mental states. But aromatherapy turns out to be only a small part of the essential oils movement.

Neuro-Pseudoscience

Neuro-Pseudoscience

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
July 29, 2015

As the population ages, concerns about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have created a demand for anything that might stave off the course of mental decline. Brain training programs have a kind of simple plausibility. They sound scientific, and the analogy to physical exercise makes intuitive sense.

SkeptiCal: The Northern California Conference of Science and Skepticism

SkeptiCal: The Northern California Conference of Science and Skepticism

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
July 22, 2015

When Skeptical Inquirer asked me to report on a skeptical conference happening in my backyard of San Francisco, I was, well, skeptical. I’ve been attending and occasionally speaking at skeptics’ conferences for the past decade, and with that investment of time in a relatively tiny subculture, one tends to see the same “big ticket” speakers over and over again.

From the Whole Pantry to the Whole Health Hoax

From the Whole Pantry to the Whole Health Hoax

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
July 7, 2015

For over a month now, I have read over Belle Gibson’s The Whole Pantry–a book that reportedly has been removed from the shelves, but is readily available at my local bookstore and the local library–and find myself repeatedly going back to the disclaimer on the back of the title page.

Report from the Skepsis Congres on 8 November 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands

Report from the Skepsis Congres on 8 November 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands

by Leon Korteweg
June 29, 2015

The Skepsis Congres is the best example of a skeptical conference in the Dutch-speaking world: it is accessible for lay people, there is a lot of interaction with the audience, and they address any and all skeptical issues without specialization.

Has Science a Problem?

Has Science a Problem?

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
June 18, 2015

For science to stand as a shining alternative to the unending waves of irrationality, its reputation must be strong. Unfortunately, science’s reputation has taken a bewildering number of blows in recent years.

Dillinger’s Ghost and Hoover’s Vendetta against G-Man Purvis

Dillinger’s Ghost and Hoover’s Vendetta against G-Man Purvis

by Joe Nickell
Online Extras
June 11, 2015

Although there were other “public enemies” of the Depression Era, John Dillinger had daring and style to spare. But so did a tenacious G-man named Melvin Purvis, an agent so effective and so adored by the public and press that his boss, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover, seethed with jealousy.

Physician Wallace Sampson, Expert on False Medical Claims, Dies at Eighty-Five

Physician Wallace Sampson, Expert on False Medical Claims, Dies at Eighty-Five

by Harriet Hall
June 1, 2015

The skeptical community has lost a shining star. On May 25, 2015, Wallace Sampson, MD, died in California at the age of eighty-five from complications of heart surgery; he had been in the hospital since February.

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