The 2009 Seattle Creation Conference
Friday evening, October 9, Halloween came early to Seattle in the form of the fifth annual Seattle Creation Conference.
Notes from the Harmonious Society: Dissident Science in China, Part II
Two classical Confucian philosophers once had a famous disagreement over the morality of music. Mozi mounted a utilitarian…
New Age Spiritualism: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
A friend who owns a bookstore once told me, “Customers drawn to the New Age section seem to buy every book but never find…
Notes from the Harmonious Society: Dissident Science in China, Part I
Their vessel was the Xue Long, Snow Dragon, and it was bound for the South Pole…
Youth and Witchcraft Violence in Africa
The new millennium was accompanied by great expectations in Africa, but the reality is that superstition still reigns supreme.
Camp Inquiry Rocks
Every summer, The Center for Inquiry hosts Camp Inquiry, a week-long summer camp in Holland, NY.
When The Beatles Were Bigger Than Jesus Christ
In 1966 John Lennon said that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” This was an observation of secularization to some…
Gods and Rockets: Part 2
It is a recurring daydream of mine to launch a mail-order enlightenment business.
The Haunted (Pseudo) History of Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery near Savannah, Georgia is featured in Berendt’s novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil…
Beware the Spinal Trap
Some practitioners claim it is a cure-all, but the research suggests chiropractic therapy has mixed results…
Gods and Rockets: A Tale of Science in India
“We are afraid that the thunder-storms might have an impact on the scheduled launch.”
How Can the Concept of Humanism Solve Witchcraft Belief in Africa?
In the past months there have been shocking reports of witch hunting and burnings of suspected witches in Kenya.
Psychics Aren’t Psychic Anymore
During an investigation of a “haunted hotel” in California, I made the mistake of referring to a psychic as a “psychic.”
Does Science Unite?
Does science foster a universal culture? Julian Huxley thought so, and wrote this into the mandate of the U.N. What happened?
Methodological and Statistical Issues in Adult Nutritional Research
In general, an overriding purpose of all science is to find the truth…
The Planets on New Year’s Day
Science, Reason, and the Obama Administration
Commentary to appear in the March/April 2009 Skeptical Inquirer
Joe Nickell Exorcises the Nonsense out of Reverend Larson
CNN Interview with Joe Nickell and Reverend Bob Larsen
Skeptical Inquirer aids high school science teacher and students
Correspondance between a Texas science teacher and CSI Director Barry Karr
The Wrath of the Secretrons
For the past few months I’ve been getting some pretty interesting hate mail in response to my blog, Whirled Musings
CSI’s Robert P. Balles Award Goes to New York Times Science Writer Natalie Angier
CSI awarded its third Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking to Natalie Angier for her recent book.
Expelling All Reason
I was invited, probably by accident, to a preview in January of the independent movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed…
Ben Stein’s Trojan Horse: Mobilizing the State House and Local News Agenda
In April, as the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed premiered in more than a 1,000 theaters across the country…
Reality Check: Ghost Hunters and ‘Ghost Detectors’
Ghosts are big business. For entities that may or may not exist, they seem to be everywhere, especially during Halloween.
An Evening With James Randi and Friends
The Willy Wonka of scepticism, the Evel Knievel of debunking, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi was in town…
I recently attended a showing of Ben Stein’s new movie “Expelled.”
Controversy Erupts Over Errors, Bias in Textbook
In 2006, public high-school junior Matthew LaClair secretly tape recorded the religious messages his teacher aimed at students.
Moving Beyond Gore’s Message: A Look Back (and Ahead) at Climate Change Communications
Conventional wisdom pegs 2007 as the long awaited tipping point in waking the public up to the urgency of global warming.
Council of Europe Approves Resolution Against Creationism
In October 2007, Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly recommended that its member governments oppose the teaching of creationism.
On Creation Science
It is best to fully understand the point of view of those with whom you disagree before you engage them in discussion.
Investigating a Haunted House – Buffalo, New York
Note: Respecting a request for anonymity, names have been changed. Except for the cat.
‘Psychics’ Fail to Foresee Their Own Fortunes
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia’s fortune tellers failed to foresee the closure of their shops
Faith & Reason
The debate between the creationists and evolutionists has been raging for years. As a secular person I have watched in horror.
The Making of The Reaping: Behind the Scenes of a Supernatural Thriller
If you were a filming a supernatural thriller, would you have Hilary Swank play a Joe Nickell type, or Joe Nickell play himself?
Design, by any other name
Do we accede too much when we allow that life appears to be designed?
Secrets and Lies
Last year, Rhonda Byrne discovered the secret of the universe.
A “Two Step Flow of Popularization” for Climate Change
Recruiting Opinion-Leaders for Science
300 million year old rock
The summer before my senior year of college I worked as a park ranger guiding hikes…
Not long ago, while researching a talk for Darwin Day, I came across an article by Steve Silberman…
Thoughts on The God Delusion and the current controversy over the correct approach to opposing creationism.