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Doubt and About

A column by journalist Chris Mooney

Doubt and About

The Next Big Storm

by Chris Mooney and Matthew Nisbet
Doubt and About
August 3, 2006

Can Scientists and Journalists Work Together to Improve Coverage of the Hurricane-Global Warming Controversy?

Welcome to Science Court

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
January 9, 2006

The ruling in the Dover evolution trial shows what the legal and scientific processes have in common—intellectual rigor

Upping the Anti

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
December 8, 2005

Tom Bethell takes the modern political right’s “war on science” to a whole new level.

Abductive Reasoning

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
November 2, 2005

In her first book, Susan Clancy successfully explains how normal Americans can devoutly believe they were kidnapped by aliens.

Science Wars II

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
July 19, 2005

Where does the debate now stand over science and the Bush administration?

Less than Miraculous

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
May 25, 2005

If there's a silver lining to the recent widespread promotion of the paranormal on television...

Waking Up to Sleep Paralysis

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
April 13, 2005

The range of "paranormal" experiences that this condition may explain--from alien abductions to ghosts sightings--is truly vast.

Out of Balance

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
March 3, 2005

Even with respect to extraordinary and absurd claims, ABC and Peter Jennings listen to "both sides."

Bad Science, Bad Fiction

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
January 18, 2005

In Michael Crichton's work, the two are intimately connected.

State Your Case

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
October 25, 2004

Anti-evolutionist activism, inspired and rejuvenated by the Intelligent Design movement, is spreading across the country.

Déjà vu All Over Again

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
September 13, 2004

How did the ID movement publish in a peer reviewed biology journal? A story from climate science sheds light on the question.

IDing ID

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
August 9, 2004

Is "Intelligent Design" theory really "Creation Science" version 2.0? Not exactly, but the parallels are certainly suggestive.

Wake Up Call

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
June 18, 2004

Leading scientists say climate change must finally receive the attention it deserves. True skeptics should agree with them.

Learning from Nonsense?

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
May 18, 2004

Can the hoopla surrounding The Day After Tomorrow actually educate about the real global warming issue?

Don’t Listen to Those Pesky Scientists

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
April 8, 2004

Why science adviser John Marburger's defense of the Bush administration's science policies fails.

The New Science Wars

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
March 15, 2004

Is George W. Bush's the most anti-science administration in modern times?

It Just Takes One

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
February 9, 2004

How an advertisement for Intelligent Design theory made its way into the Harvard Law Review.

The Politics of Peer Review

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
January 8, 2004

Review of scientific information is usually a good thing. But as a recent White House proposal shows, there are big exceptions.

Abuses of Skepticism

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
December 5, 2003

Doubting is a powerful tool, but it can definitely be taken too far.

Not Too “Bright"

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
October 15, 2003

Dawkins and Dennett are smart guys, but their campaign to rename religious unbelievers "brights" could use some rethinking.

Polling for Intelligent Design

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
September 11, 2003

The latest pro-Intelligent Design Zogby poll is just one in a series of questionable surveys.

King of the Paranormal

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
July 31, 2003

What's up with the Larry King Show's outrageous promotion of UFOs, psychics, and spiritualists?

Exonerating the Friedmans

Exonerating the Friedmans

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
July 7, 2003

Skeptics of hypnosis and "recovered memory therapy" will know that Arnold and Jesse Friedman were probably innocent.

Creationist U.

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
April 30, 2003

Anti-evolutionists have just won two important victories on American university campuses - one legal, one in public relations.

The Skeptic’s Message Lab

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
March 24, 2003

Some thoughts on new ways to critique alternative medicine.

Dini is Served

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
February 3, 2003

A spat at Texas Tech provides a new wrinkle on Darwinism and science education.

Happy Old Year

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
January 9, 2003

When it comes to the media's human cloning coverage, we're still in 1997.

Conversion Fantasies

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
December 2, 2002

In paranormalist fiction, the “skeptic” character always comes around in the end.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Skeptics

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Skeptics

by Chris Mooney
Doubt and About
November 4, 2002

Why doubters should celebrate J.K. Rowling's tales of magic and wizardry.