Category Archives: Skepticism

Know Who to Ask About ESP

Never ask a man if sexism exists. Never ask a white person if racism exists. Never ask Scott McGreal over at Psychology Today if there is a scientific taboo against ESP. Ask four-time president of the Parapsychology Association, Dean Radin:

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Pseudoscience, Pseudo-skepticism and Rejection Bias

Everyone has heard of pseudoscience— unscientific ideas masquerading in the guise of science. But its corrolary is less well known. Pseudo-skepticism is also unscientific ideas masquerading in the guise of science.

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Heretical Science

Nobel Laureate Brian Josephson’s lecture on heretical science. He pokes holes in popular skeptic arguments against telepathy, whether water can have a memory (homeopathy), cold fusion and intelligent design. 1 hour, time well spent. Available on the University of Cambridge … Continue reading

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Rupert Sheldrake, Dogs and Owners, and Skeptics

Simon Thorpe is the Deputy Director of the Brain and Cognitive Research Center in Toulouse France. Below is a video talk from him about paranormal phenomena, where he in particular discusses Rupert Sheldrake’s study into whether dogs know when their … Continue reading

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The Inverse Correlation Between Knowledge and Confidence

Thanks to Jim Thomas at Nimble Security for this one. “It has often and confidently been asserted, that man’s origin can never be known: but ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and … Continue reading

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On Bias and Hyperbole

Bertrand Russell, in his 1918 Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays (a free eBook), noted that a person who is inclined to believe in mysticism becomes favorable to any arguments supporting such beliefs: When the intensity of [mystic] emotional conviction … Continue reading

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A Scientific Basis for New Age Bullshit

If you’ve spent any time around New Agers, you’ve probably heard something like: “You get more of whatever you think about.” — we play more of a role than we think in every success and failure in our life. Bullshit, right? … Continue reading

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Stars Have No Minds?

An article by Matthew Francis over at Ars Techica contains one idea so seemingly self-evident as to be boringly uncontroversial: “stars have no minds”. … Science has given us scientific method, a terrific protocol to ferret out fact from fiction … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan vs. Skepticism

A great quote by Carl Sagan: “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Works for God, UFOs, ghosts, etc. Seems ironic because skeptics are fans of him, yet by taking this quote to heart, skeptics would have to give … Continue reading

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Blasphemy vs Heresy

Terry Jones: “Blasphemy is the undermining of a spiritual belief system. Heresy is the undermining of the bureaucracy that has grown around a spiritual belief system.”

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