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…
Short list of common superstitions
Actors and Actresses
The superstitions surrounding actors and actresses were more prevalent in the Middle Ages, when performances would…
A charm can be almost any object, as shown by the countless examples of charms or amulets that have been said to ward off…
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.