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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.

Facilitated Communication: The Fad that Will Not Die

Facilitated Communication: The Fad that Will Not Die

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
May 11, 2015

Many readers will remember facilitated communication (FC). Back in the early 1990s, a new treatment came rushing onto the scene making promises that were enormously attractive to parents of children with autism.

The Founding of NMSR: A Look Back after Twenty-Five Years

The Founding of NMSR: A Look Back after Twenty-Five Years

by Kendrick Frazier
May 8, 2015

New Mexicans for Science and Reason (NMSR) has been proudly on its own for twenty-five years. But it had its origin in a national and even international movement to help spread science-based skepticism around the country and the world.

Are Skeptics Psychic?

Are Skeptics Psychic?

by Jim Underdown
April 27, 2015

It might seem odd to choose a hotel full of skeptics to be the subject of a test of psychic ability, but then again, who’s to say that skeptics themselves aren’t endowed with such talent—one perhaps they would themselves be loath to acknowledge?

Fake Turin Shroud Deceives National Geographic Author

Fake Turin Shroud Deceives National Geographic Author

by Joe Nickell
April 23, 2015

Science—and truth—have come under attack by an online article that bears the imprimatur of National Geographic.

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