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.
Failed Psychic Predictions 1999
Remember the ‘90s?
CSICOP Response to Fox’s Signs From God: Science Tests Faith
Program Aims for Ratings while Abusing Science and Exploiting Belief Systems
Hollywood Plans a Paranormal End to the Summer
Skeptical Inquirer Magazine Offers Critical Guide to Movie Topics
Review of Psychic Medium Van Praagh on CNN’s Larry King Live
On-air séances are nothing new. Thirty years ago I arranged one in a dimly lit radio studio in Toronto…
How Star Wars and E.T. Didn’t Ruin the World
Response to Matt Nisbet’s opinion piece.
The Phantom Menace of Superstition in Film and Television
This is an essay about George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Dark Lords of the Sith.
Worcestor Bishop Releases Preliminary Findings in Audrey Santo Case
CSICOP Senior Research Fellow Joe Nickell to Appear on NBC Nightly News Tonight at 630EST
Firing of JAMA Editor Wrong Decision
Last Friday’s firing of George Lundberg, the seventeen-year editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association…
Failed Psychic Predictions for 1998
Psychic Report Card Dubious Once Again
Joe Nickell on Coast to Coast with Art Bell
Joe Nickell was the guest on tonight’s Coast to Coast radio program with Art Bell.
1998 Candle in the Dark and Snuffed Candle Awards
The Council for Media Integrity applauds PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers for scientific examination of pseudoscience.
Psychic Forecasts Were a Big Flop (Again)
1997 — Diana’s Death Eludes Psychics