Skeptical Inquirer — Volume 41.2
The issues we address are only “soft” targets in the sense that there may be little scientific support for some of these claims. But these claims actually can be very resilient because of ideological support or commercial interests.
On the fortieth anniversary of the book that made him a scientific celebrity, biologist Richard Dawkins looks back at this “gene’s eye view” of evolution and finds it even more relevant today.
by Paul Offit
History’s unlearned lesson about pain relievers and addiction.
Shouldn’t Skeptics Know What They Are Talking about When They Are Talking about It?
by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Our brains are wired for self-justification and dissonance-reduction. We can override that impulse by learning how to admit our mistakes and separate them from our self-esteem.
I took up being Harry Houdini, though I never claimed to be him. As a matter of fact, during my career I broke a couple of his records.
by Joe Nickell
The ability to see pictures in random forms—as in clouds, tea leaves, and inkblots—is known as pareidolia... Some publicized examples I have made pilgrimages to examine include the face of Jesus in the skillet burns of a tortilla…
by James Randi
We’re already seeing a comeback of measles due to drops in vaccination rates.
Of course, it’s more fun to imagine the distant glimmer is a ghostly railroad brakeman’s phantom lantern than the headlights of a 2005 Honda Civic.
“I have to admit that I’ve come to envy the people who reported having poltergeists in their home; they have a ready explanation for anything amiss in their household”
CSICon 2016: Las Vegas
The John Maddox Prize Nomination for Elizabeth Loftus
by Chris French
Let Your Questioning Start with Wikipedia
by Susan Gerbic
‘UFO Disclosure’ Fizzles Again in 2016
The Delectable Myths of Healthy and Healthier Obesity