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Would You Drill Holes in Your Head for Science?

Would You Drill Holes in Your Head for Science?

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
November 15, 2017

The information that can be obtained from sham surgery trials is invaluable, but it doesn’t always change clinical practices, and many have questioned the ethics of subjecting sham surgery patients to the risks of sham surgery knowing there is no possible benefit to their health.

Chiropractors and Diabetes Gimmickry

Chiropractors and Diabetes Gimmickry

by William M. London
Consumer Health
November 13, 2017

Chiropractic’s identity as a profession depends on a gimmick: promoting the implausible notion that chiropractors have special expertise to detect and adjust supposedly health compromising spinal dysfunctions.

An Interview with Guy Harrison

An Interview with Guy Harrison

by Alejandro Borgo
November 10, 2017

Guy P. Harrison is an American author. He is known for his written works on skepticism and atheism.

El origen del movimiento escéptico español

El origen del movimiento escéptico español

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
November 9, 2017

Un grupo de ufólogos fue a mediados de los años 80 el germen de la primera organización española crítica con las pseudociencias

‘Educate Yourself’: The Log in the Critical Eye

‘Educate Yourself’: The Log in the Critical Eye

by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
November 8, 2017

As a professional skeptic, I deal with all manner of believer. Some are respectful, some are not, but the one constant is that the believer and I are approaching the topic from different viewpoints.

From Mallets to Chisels: Good Journalism, Bad Journalism, and Fake News

From Mallets to Chisels: Good Journalism, Bad Journalism, and Fake News

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
November 6, 2017

Ever since “fake news” became an inescapable phrase in late 2016, journalism professionals familiar with misinformation have made a point of defining the term carefully. But some academics and journalists seem confused.

The Riddle of Consciousness

The Riddle of Consciousness

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
October 23, 2017

Consciousness is not a nonphysical phenomenon. It is an evolved user-illusion, “a system of virtual machines that evolved, genetically and memetically, to play very special roles in the ‘cognitive niche’ our ancestors have constructed over the millennia.”

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Michael Mann

An Interview with CSICon Speaker Michael Mann

by Mark Boslough
CSICon
October 20, 2017

Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center at Penn State. His research focuses on climate change.

“13. It’s Just a Number, Right?”

“13. It’s Just a Number, Right?”

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
October 13, 2017

A 2007 Gallup poll found that 13 percent of Americans would be bothered by being assigned a 13th floor hotel room.

We Already Know the Las Vegas Shooter’s Motive

We Already Know the Las Vegas Shooter’s Motive

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
October 12, 2017

The shooter’s goal was to set a record: to kill as many people as possible all by himself and to become famous for doing so, simply because he could.

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