Science Looks for Bigfoot
In April (2005) a Manitoba ferry operator videotaped a large, dark, indistinct creature moving along a riverbank.
New Exorcism Film Highlights Deadly Rituals
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is about a priest accused of negligence resulting in the death of a nineteen-year-old woman.
Why do Scientists Get So Angry when Dealing with ID Proponents?
I am sometimes asked why supporters of evolution get so angry when addressing proponents of Intelligent Design.
Why Are Scientists Confident that Complex Biological Systems Evolved Gradually?
Proponents of intelligent design (ID) assert that certain complex biological systems could not emerge from a gradual…
God’s Gift to Kansas
“Most scientists are bored by what they have already discovered. It is ignorance that drives them on.”
Winking Jesus Statue: Mystery Solved!
According to a New Jersey street preacher, a Jesus statue he had installed as part of a sidewalk shrine suddenly opened one eye.
Science Wars II
Where does the debate now stand over science and the Bush administration?
Statistics and the Test of Natasha
This commentary is a supplement to my previous report on CSICOP’s test of Natasha Demkina’s claim (Hyman, 2005).
Less than Miraculous
If there’s a silver lining to the recent widespread promotion of the paranormal on television…
The Multiple Meanings of Public Understanding
Why Definitions Matter to the Communication of Science
The Girl with Normal Eyes
Many people in Russia and the U.K. believe a teenage girl can identify diseases in patients better than their physicians.
Waking Up to Sleep Paralysis
The range of “paranormal” experiences that this condition may explain–from alien abductions to ghosts sightings–is truly vast.
Should We “Teach the Controversy”?
In a recent article about the ongoing disputes about the state science standards in Kansas, Diepenbrock wrote the following:
Out of Balance
Even with respect to extraordinary and absurd claims, ABC and Peter Jennings listen to “both sides.”
Evolution & Creationism: Terminology in Conflict
One of the reasons for the ongoing conflict between the religious and scientific communities involves differences in terminology
Claims of Invalid “Shroud” Radiocarbon Date Cut from Whole Cloth
Longtime Shroud of Turin devotee Ray Rogers admits there is the equivalent of a watercolor paint on the alleged burial cloth.
Polling Opinion about Evolution
Low Information Public Underscores Importance of Communication Strategy
Bad Science, Bad Fiction
In Michael Crichton’s work, the two are intimately connected.
Psychic Predictions 2004
Time is running out.
Electronic Voice Phenomena: Voices of the Dead?
What if, instead the dead could speak to us directly, without the middle person?
Explaining Majority Support for Stem Cell Research
Did Communication Efforts Trump Moral Values in 2004?
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.
The Real Story Behind The Exorcist
The new Exorcist film scared up some $18.2 million on its opening last weekend but has garnered universally horrific reviews.
Resurrecting Questions about The Passion of the Christ
In the six months since its premiere, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ has grossed over $370 million in the U.S.
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.
Evaluating the Impact of The Day After Tomorrow
Can a Blockbuster Film Shape the Public’s Understanding of a Science Controversy?
Learning from Nonsense?
Can the hoopla surrounding The Day After Tomorrow actually educate about the real global warming issue?
Understanding What the American Public Really Thinks About Stem Cell and Cloning Research
Few issues have sparked as much survey attention in the U.S. as the controversy over stem cell and therapeutic cloning research.
Police Psychics: Do They Really Solve Crimes?
Is it a matter of science versus mysticism as some assert, or an issue of having an open mind as opposed to a closed one?
Don’t Listen to Those Pesky Scientists
Why science adviser John Marburger’s defense of the Bush administration’s science policies fails.
The Controversy Over Stem Cell Research and Medical Cloning
Tracking the Rise and Fall of Science in the Public Eye
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.
“Touch wood” or “knock on wood” is a popular saying to reverse any bad luck that might come your way, due to a recent action…
Rabbits and hares were considered very lucky animals as they were associated with spring and the return of flowers and other…
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…