CSICon Photo Tribute to James Randi
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
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
Susan Gerbic explains her experience of totality during the 2017 Solar Eclipse
La Homeopatía es una farsa
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
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!
Teaching Skepticism: How Early Can We Begin?
I trust that I need not persuade readers of Skeptical Inquirer that in today’s world of post-truth, alternative facts, and rampant pseudoscience, critical thinking—reasoning that helps to compensate for our biases—is needed now more than ever.
Predatory Journals: Write, Submit, and Publish the Next Day
Predatory journals can be defined as “publications [that take] large fees without providing robust editorial or publishing services.” They usually “recruit articles through aggressive marketing and spam emails, promising quick review and open access publication for a price.
The Ghost Behind You
A neuroscientific exploration of feeling of a presence phenomenon
Homeopathy is a Sham
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
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.
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
Going beyond the evidence is routinely seen on reality television…
NECSS 2017 Honors the Past While Looking Ahead
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
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
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’
“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
“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
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’
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
The problem that intelligence agencies face is not having too little data, but precisely the opposite: having too much.
Superstition Masquerading as Science
“As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession”
The True Story of The Bye Bye Man
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.
Survey Shows Americans Fear Ghosts, the Government, and Each Other
The issues of paranormal and conspiracy claims, which have long been the focus of our work at Skeptical Inquirer, are finding new, interesting connections with these broader issues of how fear—especially irrational fear—works.
Artistic Provocations from Skeptical Inquirers: An Exhibit
The question of the relationship between art and science remains fascinating and open.
Two Artists Combine Art, Science, and Skepticism
“Much of my work has been about what we see, what we don’t see, and what we think we see”
In-Memoriam Segment from CSICon 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?
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
“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.”
No Reason to Believe That Sykes’s Yeti-Bear Cryptid Exists
Sykes, named “Cryptozoologist of the Year 2013” according to the blog CryptoZooNews, seems to be gaining more and more prominence and respect among cryptozoologists. However, certain of his pronouncements seem highly dubious to his fellow scientists; he has reached some embarrassingly incorrect conclusions, and a number of his statements as to his credentials are thought to be misleading.