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CSICon Photo Tribute to James Randi

CSICon Photo Tribute to James Randi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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