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Skeptical Organization To Launch in Brazil

Skeptical Organization To Launch in Brazil


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by Natalia Pasternak Taschner & Carlos Orsi
Special Report
October 10, 2018

Alternative therapies in the Brazilian Unified Health System will be the first target of the new institute in defense of scientific evidence

Do 40 Percent of People Think Native Americans Don’t Exist?

Do 40 Percent of People Think Native Americans Don’t Exist?


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
October 3, 2018

Americans have misconceptions about a great many things and a demonstrable blindness to social problems facing Native Americans and others, but misinformation isn’t helpful.

What’s the Harm? Revisited

What’s the Harm? Revisited


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by Matt Crowley
Special Report
October 2, 2018

Skeptic Tim Farley has produced an excellent website called “What’s the Harm?,” which catalogs tangible negative consequences from belief in pseudoscience.

The ‘Secret Hand Signs’ Conspiracy

The ‘Secret Hand Signs’ Conspiracy


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
September 11, 2018

Things took a turn from the political to the surreal with conspiracy rumors that a lawyer sitting behind Brett Kavanaugh was caught on camera flashing a white nationalism sign with the fingers of one hand.

NECSS 2018 Looks Ahead

NECSS 2018 Looks Ahead


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by Russ Dobler
Special Report
The Thoughtful Conduit
August 13, 2018

Despite returning to its regular home at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, change was in the air for NECSS 2018.

On Countering Pseudoscience, Educating about Vaccinations, and Intereuropean science Communication

On Countering Pseudoscience, Educating about Vaccinations, and Intereuropean science Communication


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by Annika Merkelbach
Special Report
July 17, 2018

An Interview with Dr. Anna Zakrisson

‘The Las Vegas Timewarp’

‘The Las Vegas Timewarp’


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by Rob Lea
Special Report
July 13, 2018

An unexplained distortion of time and space—or catalogue of simple errors and a misunderstanding of how science works?

Busting the ‘Elvis Presley in Home Alone’ Movie Myth

Busting the ‘Elvis Presley in Home Alone’ Movie Myth


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by Kenny Biddle
Special Report
July 11, 2018

The film spawned several sequels as well as dozens of conspiracy theories.

Skepticism in Pharmacy

Skepticism in Pharmacy


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by Matt Crowley
Special Report
June 26, 2018

Skeptics are likely already familiar with homeopathic products being sold in pharmacies.

Pink Slime and the Failure of Skepticism

Pink Slime and the Failure of Skepticism


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
June 11, 2018

Skeptics typically work hard to reassure the public that their fears of many things are exaggerated or outright fabricated.

Demon House Deconstructed

Demon House Deconstructed


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by Kenny Biddle
Special Report
May 21, 2018

Demon House is a documentary by Zak Bagans, best known for his Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures.

Bigfoot Sighting in New Jersey? Maybe Not…

Bigfoot Sighting in New Jersey? Maybe Not…


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by Kenny Biddle
Special Report
May 9, 2018

“Whatever this was had, literally, leaped across the entire road. It was about six feet tall. Like a light-colored hair, like a deer, but I’m like it certainly wasn’t a deer because it had its legs splayed and it almost looked like a ballerina leaping across the road.”

Did a New Study Find That Men Think They’re Smarter Than Women? Debunking Sexism Clickbait

Did a New Study Find That Men Think They’re Smarter Than Women? Debunking Sexism Clickbait


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
May 7, 2018

You may have seen headlines about a recent study at Arizona State University that found, among other things, that college men think they’re smarter than women.

Ghostly ‘Black Monk’ or Random Tourist?

Ghostly ‘Black Monk’ or Random Tourist?


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by Kenny Biddle
Special Report
April 24, 2018

Several British tabloids and paranormal-themed websites have reported that a ghostly black monk has appeared in a photograph taken by Jon Wickes during a visit to Eynsford Castle in Kent.

Registration is NOW OPEN for SkeptiCalCon in Berkeley on June 10, 2018

Registration is NOW OPEN for SkeptiCalCon in Berkeley on June 10, 2018


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by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
Special Report
April 23, 2018

Light Bulb Luminosity Demonstration

Light Bulb Luminosity Demonstration


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by The Independent Investigations Group
Special Report
April 11, 2018

A claim against the paranormal through controlled tests

Why ‘They’ Aren’t Calling It ‘Terrorism’: A Primer

Why ‘They’ Aren’t Calling It ‘Terrorism’: A Primer


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
April 2, 2018

The issue is not terribly complicated, but it is nuanced and often counter-intuitive.

The Blackwell Ghost

The Blackwell Ghost


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by Kenny Biddle
Special Report
March 19, 2018

Kenny Biddle debunks this “work of fiction” as seen on Amazon Prime.

Numb and Normal: Phantom Fears of an Indifferent America

Numb and Normal: Phantom Fears of an Indifferent America


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
March 8, 2018

The reaction to the latest school shooting in Florida suggests that Americans are anything but numb or indifferent to the violence.

Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Elects Six New Fellows

Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Elects Six New Fellows


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by csicop.org
Special Report
February 8, 2018

CSI fellows are elected for their distinguished service to science and skepticism, serving as advisors to CSI and its magazine, Skeptical Inquirer, and are invited to share their expertise and advice on the program’s issues and projects.

Uno de los nuestros tiene problemas…

Uno de los nuestros tiene problemas…


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by Claire Klingenberg, Escépticos Europeos
Special Report
January 29, 2018

Posiblemente sepáis que Britt Hermes, una activista escéptica internacional sobre la naturopatía, ha sido demandada por difamación.

Sonic Attack Claims Are Unjustified: Just Follow the Facts

Sonic Attack Claims Are Unjustified: Just Follow the Facts


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by Robert E. Bartholomew
Special Report
January 16, 2018

Regardless of what you may be hearing in the news, claims that a “sonic attack” took place in Cuba are dubious.

CSICon Photo Tribute to James Randi

CSICon Photo Tribute to James Randi


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by Susan Gerbic
CSICon
Special Report
December 5, 2017

Susan Gerbic explains the history behind the Randi photo and the obstacles faced while trying to capture it.

‘Educate Yourself’: The Log in the Critical Eye

‘Educate Yourself’: The Log in the Critical Eye


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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.

The Experience of Experiencing Eclipse People Watching

The Experience of Experiencing Eclipse People Watching


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by Susan Gerbic
Special Report
September 22, 2017

Susan Gerbic explains her experience of totality during the 2017 Solar Eclipse

La Homeopatía es una farsa

La Homeopatía es una farsa


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by Nick Little, translated by Alejandro Borgo
Special Report
September 13, 2017

La homeopatía es una farsa. Se ha demostrado a través de la investigación científica que los “remedios” homeopáticos son, como mucho, un placebo.

From CSICon Speakers James Alcock and Loren Pankratz: A Call for Essays


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by James Alcock and Loren Pankratz
Special Report
September 12, 2017

The speakers are seeking essays about the personal experience of changing one’s mind because of meaningful new information or data, compelling argument, or defeated theory. Read for more information!

The Ghost Behind You

The Ghost Behind You


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by Essam Munir
Special Report
August 7, 2017

A neuroscientific exploration of feeling of a presence phenomenon

Homeopathy is a Sham

Homeopathy is a Sham


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by Nicholas Little
Special Report
August 1, 2017

Homeopathy is a sham. Homeopathic “remedies” have been shown repeatedly by scientific research to be at best placebos.

iDoubt: Critical Thinking and Skepticism in Africa in an Internet Age


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by Leo Igwe
Special Report
July 28, 2017

The need for critical thinking in Africa cannot be overemphasized because some of the dark and destructive effects of dogma, superstition, and blind faith are most manifest is in this region.

SkeptiCal 2017

SkeptiCal 2017


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by Susan Gerbic
Special Report
July 20, 2017

Race, Pornography, Fake News, Eclipse, Brain Myths, Popular Assumptions, and the Magic of Science…

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Emmys: An Amelia Earhart Special (Non)Mystery Post-Mortem

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Emmys: An Amelia Earhart Special (Non)Mystery Post-Mortem


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
July 18, 2017

Going beyond the evidence is routinely seen on reality television…

NECSS 2017 Honors the Past While Looking Ahead

NECSS 2017 Honors the Past While Looking Ahead


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by Russ Dobler
Special Report
July 17, 2017

Not even an “act of God” could keep a full day of Science-Based Medicine talks from kicking things off on Friday, June 30

The Xbox Kinect and Paranormal Investigation

The Xbox Kinect and Paranormal Investigation


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by Kenny Biddle
Special Report
July 7, 2017

Sadly, the majority of gadgets that are being used by ghost hunting teams are about as useful as a car muffler in the shower. In other words, they are completely useless.

Megyn Kelly, Alex Jones, and Conspiracies

Megyn Kelly, Alex Jones, and Conspiracies


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
June 22, 2017

For skeptics it’s often a no-win situation: If we ignore whatever bogus claim (UFO, Bigfoot, ghosts, conspiracies) then what happens is that believers say to themselves: “There must be something to it…

Moral Panic Du Jour: The ‘Blue Whale Game’


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
June 15, 2017

“The Blue Whale ‘suicide game’ is believed to be a hidden online social media group which its main aim is to encourage our children to kill themselves…

The Lore and Lure of the Northern Lights

The Lore and Lure of the Northern Lights


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
May 18, 2017

“I didn’t just want to write a science book… I wanted to celebrate the beauty and magic of the aurora and how captivating it is, and also explore the history of Arctic exploration and the cultures there…”

The March for Science: A Road Race for Nerds

The March for Science: A Road Race for Nerds


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by Stuart Vyse
Special Report
April 28, 2017

In addition to celebrating science for science’s sake, there was a strong theme of using science for the betterment of all.

How Russian Conspiracies Taint Social Activist ‘News’

How Russian Conspiracies Taint Social Activist ‘News’


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
April 5, 2017

The idea that Russians are intentionally fomenting social unrest and government distrust in the United States through news media sounds itself like a conspiracy theory, but it is not.

QuickTake: A Skeptical Look at CIA Spying Revelations

QuickTake: A Skeptical Look at CIA Spying Revelations


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
March 22, 2017

The problem that intelligence agencies face is not having too little data, but precisely the opposite: having too much.

The True Story of The Bye Bye Man

The True Story of The Bye Bye Man


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
January 20, 2017

From a folkloric perspective there are many red flags that the story of The Bye Bye Man (as Schneck described it to me and in his book—he didn’t write the screenplay) is fiction.

In-Memoriam Segment from CSICon 2016


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by Timothy Binga
Special Report
November 9, 2016

Notable skeptics were remembered for their deeds in a short presentation shown during the conference.

Alabama School Panic: Is ‘Clown Lockdown’ the New Normal?

Alabama School Panic: Is ‘Clown Lockdown’ the New Normal?


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by Benjamin Radford
Special Report
September 22, 2016

Any other time reports of threatening clowns would likely have been ignored or dismissed, but these copycat clown incidents come at a time when very real terroristic threats and school shootings are in the news.

Skepticism at the Center:  Event Report of NECSS 2016

Skepticism at the Center:  Event Report of NECSS 2016


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by Russ Dobler
Special Report
June 8, 2016

“It’s why the skeptics’ movement was founded—to tackle the issues people think important but that mainstream science considers too ridiculous to bother with.”

You Can’t Handle the Truthiness: A Night Out with the 9/11 Truth Community

You Can’t Handle the Truthiness: A Night Out with the 9/11 Truth Community


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by Robert Blaskiewicz
Special Report
September 1, 2011

It’s the day of the Rapture, May 21st, 2011, but I’m on my way to the First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, for other reasons.

All They Want Is the Truth

All They Want Is the Truth


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by Robert Blaskiewicz
Special Report
June 9, 2011

At an unconventional convention in Atlanta in February, conspiracy theorists, UFO researchers, alternative medicine advocates, new patriots, and...

The Little QEDCon That Can—Question, Explore, Discover In Manchester

The Little QEDCon That Can—Question, Explore, Discover In Manchester


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by Kylie Sturgess
Special Report
May 4, 2011

It's not often that a convention is cheerfully preoccupied by the sound of crunching.

14th Annual CFI Houdini Seance


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by Joe Nickell
Special Report
October 31, 2010

Joe Nickell recently sat down with Director of CFI Libraries Tim Binga to hold the 14th Annual Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Houdini Séance.

Acupuncture: A Science-Based Assessment

Acupuncture: A Science-Based Assessment


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by Robert Slack, Jr., Eugenie V. Mielczarek
Special Report
June 10, 2010

Acupuncture has become increasingly embedded within the American healthcare system, despite mounting empirical evidence against it.

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies


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by Mary Carmichael and Ben Radford
Special Report
March 29, 2007

Last year, Rhonda Byrne discovered the secret of the universe.