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Fifteen Minutes of Skepticism: The Sunday Papers, An interview with Jay Diamond

Fifteen Minutes of Skepticism: The Sunday Papers, An interview with Jay Diamond

by Susan Gerbic
Online Extras
September 27, 2016

I went on a journey from the worst shape of my life to vastly exceeding my fitness goals and had to wade through mounds of questionable claims to understand which claims were valid.

From TAM to CSICon: An Interview with Ray Hall and Katie Dyer

From TAM to CSICon: An Interview with Ray Hall and Katie Dyer

by Susan Gerbic
Online Extras
September 22, 2016

Ray and I have started evaluating the effects of educational interventions on pseudoscience belief. This interest seems shared by skeptics who wonder how to educate others, whether formally or informally.

“That Doesn’t Mean It Really Happened”: An Interview with Elizabeth Loftus

“That Doesn’t Mean It Really Happened”: An Interview with Elizabeth Loftus

by Carrie Poppy
Online Extras
September 8, 2016

This kind of work can help us appreciate a lot of the things that the skeptic community cares about. How is it people think that they saw UFOs? How is it that people can think they were abducted by aliens? Or, how is it that people see Jesus in toast?

Skeptics Can Be Conned Too: An Interview with Maria Konnikova

Skeptics Can Be Conned Too: An Interview with Maria Konnikova

by Carrie Poppy
Online Extras
September 2, 2016

I think I’m fighting against overconfidence, right? This belief that all you need to do is be cynical and skeptical to avoid being conned… And what I say to that, and this is a point that I may or may not make in my actual talk, is that con artists get conned all the time—the best con artists in the world!

A ‘Nickell’ for Your Thoughts: A Conversation with Joe Nickell

A ‘Nickell’ for Your Thoughts: A Conversation with Joe Nickell

by Timothy Binga
Online Extras
August 29, 2016

What, in a given instance, causes people to think they are experiencing spirits? The debunkers—with their smarter-than-them attitude—speak only to their fellow doubters. They would apparently rather be right than effective.

El “Detector de mentiras”: gran ejemplo de ciencia chatarra

El “Detector de mentiras”: gran ejemplo de ciencia chatarra

by Morton E. Tavel, traducido por Alexandro Borgo
Online Extras
August 25, 2016

¿Cuántas veces se probó que era falsa la “detección de mentiras por una máquina”?

Michael Mann and the Climate Wars

Michael Mann and the Climate Wars

by Mark Boslough
Online Extras
August 17, 2016

Not only can we teach young scientists how to function in the increasingly hostile environment they may find themselves, we must teach them to do so.

Keeping Up with Paul Offit

Keeping Up with Paul Offit

by Susan Gerbic
Online Extras
August 9, 2016

Every year before the measles vaccine was first introduced in 1963, about 50,000 people, mostly previously healthy children, would be hospitalized with the disease and 500 would die. Sadly, I think it is going to take some of these diseases coming back to some extent in order for us to realize their importance. Vaccines have been a victim of their own success.

La “Física” de Deepak Chopra

La “Física” de Deepak Chopra

by Sadri Hassani, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Online Extras
July 12, 2016

Las ilusiones de la memoria

Las ilusiones de la memoria

by Elizabeth Loftus, Translated by Alejandro Borgo
Online Extras
July 12, 2016

Cuando comencé mi trabajo sobre las ilusiones de la memoria no me imaginaba que se iba a transformar en un tema tan relevante socialmente y tan políticamente explosivo.

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.

Rest in Peace, Sylvia

by Bryan Farha
Online Extras
November 25, 2013

One of the world’s most popular alleged psychics and spiritual mediums in history, Sylvia Browne, died on November 20, 2013 at age 77 (although she predicted on CNN that she would live to age 88).

Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books

Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books

by Benjamin Radford
Online Extras
June 20, 2013

I recently uncovered rampant plagiarism in a HarperCollins title The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires: An A–Z of the Undead, “written” (more accurately “cut-and-pasted-from-the-Internet”) by Theresa Cheung.

Indignation Is Not Righteous

by Gary Longsine and Peter Boghossian
Online Extras
September 27, 2012

The Twin Fallacies of Appeal to Righteous Indignation and Appeal to Sanctity.
Appeals to righteous indignation or sanctity—which attempt to shield ideas from contemplation, discussion, investigation, or criticism—are common, impede rational discourse, and should be recognized as logical fallacies.

Disputing ‘Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses’

by David H. Gorski, Mark Crislip, Avrum Z. Bluming, Carol Tavris, Harriet Hall, and Reynold Spector
Online Extras
August 19, 2011

The article "Seven Deadly Medical Hypotheses" by Reynold Spector, MD, in our March/April 2011 issue prompted considerable comment and controversy.

Does the ‘Arab Spring’ Herald a Renaissance in Science and Open Inquiry?

Does the ‘Arab Spring’ Herald a Renaissance in Science and Open Inquiry?

by Kendrick Frazier
Online Extras
July 13, 2011

SKEPTICAL INQUIRER editor Kendrick Frazier reports from Doha, Qatar.

Skeptical Inquirer editor Kendrick Frazier reports from Doha, Qatar

Skeptical Inquirer editor Kendrick Frazier reports from Doha, Qatar

by Kendrick Frazier
Online Extras
June 30, 2011

More than 700 science journalists from ninety countries—half of them from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East—are meeting on the outskirts of Doha ...

Live Report: Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, a Plea for Reason

Live Report: Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, a Plea for Reason

by Benjamin Wolozin
Online Extras
February 25, 2011

Dr. Benjamin Wolozin shares his thoughts and photos from October's Washington, DC event.

Sidestepping  the Litigious Consumer: How to Survive in the Lucrative Toning-Shoe Market

Sidestepping the Litigious Consumer: How to Survive in the Lucrative Toning-Shoe Market

by Gretchen McCormack
Online Extras
February 16, 2011

A recent lawsuit argues that “the scientific community has rejected [Skechers’s] claims” of enhanced fitness effects.

‘Power Balance’ Bands Shown Worthless

‘Power Balance’ Bands Shown Worthless

by Benjamin Radford
Online Extras
February 4, 2011

Power Balance bracelets achieved global popularity, in part because they were embraced by a parade of celebrities.