‘Reason for Change’: Quacks and Cranks, GMOs and Climate, Science and Philosophy
CFI Conference Covers It All
The Black Madonna: A Folkloristic and Iconographic Investigation
One of the most famous of true icons (traditional religious panel paintings) is the so-called Black Madonna of Czestochowa, Poland (Figure 1). Its notoriety was boosted when, following his election to the papacy, the “Polish Pope” John Paul II prayed before it on a visit in 1979. For an international History Channel series, Miracles Decoded, I was asked to look into the icon’s origins. I
Playing with Past Lives: The Virginia Boy and the Dead Marine
Have you heard about this recent case of a young boy who says he lived a past life as a Marine? What do you make of it?
‘Post-Materialist’ Science? A Smokescreen for Woo
Pseudoscience has been rapidly gaining ground in the past few decades. Dietary supplements and homeopathic preparations, advertised by the disgraced Dr. Oz and his ilk, now constitute a multi-billion-dollar industry.
The 1848 ‘Enormous Serpent’ of the Daedalus Identified
A famous sea serpent sighting has been an enduring mystery of the sea since 1848. However, new information suggests a solution.
Encouraging Evidence-Free Enterprise: Business on a Bed of Sand
The former National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s use of two U.S. government grant programs for small businesses is examined and found to lend legitimacy to the lucrative business of non-evidence-based medicine.
Is Wikipedia a Conspiracy? Common Myths Explained
Allow me to set the record straight. First off, Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that is trying to be the repository of all knowledge; it is not Tumbler or Reddit or some other social network. Wikipedia has rules. Some of them are open to interpretation a bit, but for the most part the rules are discussed within the community of editors and usually enforced evenly.