The Next Big Storm
Can Scientists and Journalists Work Together to Improve Coverage of the Hurricane-Global Warming Controversy?
Welcome to Science Court
The ruling in the Dover evolution trial shows what the legal and scientific processes have in common—intellectual rigor
Upping the Anti
Tom Bethell takes the modern political right’s “war on science” to a whole new level.
In her first book, Susan Clancy successfully explains how normal Americans can devoutly believe they were kidnapped by aliens.
Science Wars II
Where does the debate now stand over science and the Bush administration?
Less than Miraculous
If there’s a silver lining to the recent widespread promotion of the paranormal on television…
Waking Up to Sleep Paralysis
The range of “paranormal” experiences that this condition may explain–from alien abductions to ghosts sightings–is truly vast.
Out of Balance
Even with respect to extraordinary and absurd claims, ABC and Peter Jennings listen to “both sides.”
Bad Science, Bad Fiction
In Michael Crichton’s work, the two are intimately connected.
State Your Case
Anti-evolutionist activism, inspired and rejuvenated by the Intelligent Design movement, is spreading across the country.
Déjà vu All Over Again
How did the ID movement publish in a peer reviewed biology journal? A story from climate science sheds light on the question.
Is “Intelligent Design” theory really “Creation Science” version 2.0? Not exactly, but the parallels are certainly suggestive.
Wake Up Call
Leading scientists say climate change must finally receive the attention it deserves. True skeptics should agree with them.
Learning from Nonsense?
Can the hoopla surrounding The Day After Tomorrow actually educate about the real global warming issue?
Don’t Listen to Those Pesky Scientists
Why science adviser John Marburger’s defense of the Bush administration’s science policies fails.
The New Science Wars
Is George W. Bush’s the most anti-science administration in modern times?
It Just Takes One
How an advertisement for Intelligent Design theory made its way into the Harvard Law Review.
The Politics of Peer Review
Review of scientific information is usually a good thing. But as a recent White House proposal shows, there are big exceptions.
Abuses of Skepticism
Doubting is a powerful tool, but it can definitely be taken too far.
Not Too “Bright”
Dawkins and Dennett are smart guys, but their campaign to rename religious unbelievers “brights” could use some rethinking.
Polling for Intelligent Design
The latest pro-Intelligent Design Zogby poll is just one in a series of questionable surveys.
King of the Paranormal
What’s up with the Larry King Show’s outrageous promotion of UFOs, psychics, and spiritualists?
Exonerating the Friedmans
Skeptics of hypnosis and “recovered memory therapy” will know that Arnold and Jesse Friedman were probably innocent.
Anti-evolutionists have just won two important victories on American university campuses – one legal, one in public relations.
The Skeptic’s Message Lab
Some thoughts on new ways to critique alternative medicine.
Dini is Served
A spat at Texas Tech provides a new wrinkle on Darwinism and science education.
Happy Old Year
When it comes to the media’s human cloning coverage, we’re still in 1997.
In paranormalist fiction, the “skeptic” character always comes around in the end.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Skeptics
Why doubters should celebrate J.K. Rowling’s tales of magic and wizardry.