Ill-fortune is said to be the result from stepping on a crack in the pavement. Present day society usually associates…
Definitions of Superstition
Superstitions are beliefs in ideas or practices based on the supernatural as opposed to laws of science. People look for…
Many superstitions are associated with hats, several now being modified into rules for manners and etiquette.
Many food and beverages that were valued had superstitions associated with them to deter the waste of such commodities.
Sailors have attributed superstitions to almost all aspects of their work and life on the sea. One of the common traits of…
Salt was once considered a very precious commodity; as important as money has grown to be. Because it was so valued…
Apparently the superstition surrounding spiders dates back to Egyptian times when spiders were associated with riches.
An umbrella, according to popular superstition, should never be open indoors or you will bring bad luck on all the people…
Wishbones have become a common tradition at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners. The general rule is that the wishbone…
The horseshoe is considered very lucky and used to be hung in many homes to protect and attract good fortune for the family…
Lots of superstitions center around money. Almost all forms of currency have at least one superstition associated with them.
The superstition of the four-leaf clover is thought to originate with the Druids. Apparently they believed the shamrock…
Breaking a mirror can even make a skeptic shudder for a brief moment!
There are many superstitions associated with cats, partly because the cat has lived alongside humans for many millennia.
Walking Under Ladders
People will go to great lengths to avoid walking under ladders. Many origins for the superstition have been surfaced…
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.
Who’s Getting It Right and Who’s Getting It Wrong in the Debate About Science Literacy?
Opinions clash over the best way to bolster public support for science.
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.
Response to Chris Mooney’s recent ‘Doubt and About’
Dini is Served
A spat at Texas Tech provides a new wrinkle on Darwinism and science education.
Follow-up to Matt Nisbet
Regarding his review of The Skeptical Environmentalist
The Skeptical Environmentalist: A Case Study in the Manufacture of News
Review of the book by Bjørn Lomborg
Happy Old Year
When it comes to the media’s human cloning coverage, we’re still in 1997.
Three Things in Life are Certain: Death, Taxes, and Failed Psychic Predictions
Tabloid Psychics Fail Again In 2002
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.
Media Coverage After the Attack: Reason and Deliberative Democracy Put to the Test
How well have the media covered the September 11 attack?
Caught in the Ag Biotech Crossfire
How U.S. Universities Can Engage the Public About Scientific Controversy
How soft journalism undermines the credibility of major media organizations, drives away core audiences, and hurts democracy.
Talking to Heaven Through Television
How the Mass Media Package and Sell Psychic Medium John Edward
A Look Back at the Best Skeptic Book of 2000
Voodoo Science Conjures a Celebrity Out of a Scientist
The Physics Instructor Who Walks on Fire
Willey walks across hot coals, sinks his hand in molten lead, strides across broken glass, and has blocks smashed across him.
Introducing Italy’s Version of Harry Houdini
Most ten-year-olds growing up in Italy dream of feats of national heroism on the soccer field…
The Best Case for ESP?
Imagine that you are recruited for a ganzfeld experiment, touted as the best known method for testing for “psi” ability.