Grassroots skepticism in Mexico is growing. Throughout the country, there are bloggers and journalists promoting science and critical thinking and, like many other skeptics’ group, we hold Skeptics in the Pub meetings. More
The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM for short) is an annual conference celebrating science and skepticism sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation, and is considered by many to be the premier skeptical event of the year. The conference boasts a dazzling array of speakers, side-events, and entertainment. More
Posted by Gem Newman / / Categories: An Introduction To, SotN Blog / Tags: Adam Savage, Bob Novella, Dr. Steven Novella, Evan Bernstein, James Randi, Jay Novella, JREF, Penn & Teller, Phil Plait, Rebecca Watson, Richard Dawkins, Skeptics Guide To The Universe, TAM, TAM9, The Amaz!ng Meeting, The Amazing Meeting
Creationism is the religious belief that the universe and everything within it is the result of special creation by a supernatural entity. Creationists hold that the diversity of life did not result from natural processes such as evolution, but that human beings and other animals were explicitly created by one or more deities. More
Skeptics On The .Net has been up for one month and the response from the skeptical community has been amazing. A big thank you to the volunteers who have added listings, wrote blog posts and worked on the backend. And a huge thank you to you, our readers. We wanted to let you know a couple of the things we are working on More
Google+ was announced on Tuesday and opened to only a select few journalists and friends of Google employees. Last night for a short time they opened up invites to others and I was able to get in. I have been playing around with Google+ less than 24 hours and already I am starting to think about how it will affect, for better or worse, the way I do things and how this new tool can be used by skeptics. Here is an intro to Google+ and my thoughts. More
It’s been three and a half weeks since we launched Skeptic On The .Net. In a way launching the site was my coming out moment. When word got around to some extended family members and old friends I got a few calls and emails congratulating me and then asking “What is this skeptic thing?”. I quickly realized that, up until launching the site, I had been a very passive skeptic. More
Many skeptical podcasts have been around for several years and feature hundreds of episodes. We understand that it can be hard jumping into a show with such a history, so we have created 10 To Start, a running series in which we pick 10 past episodes we feel would give the newcomer a good footing and understanding of the show.
Since it’s launch on May 4, 2005 the Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe has not only been one of the most popular skeptical podcasts but also one of the most popular general science podcasts on iTunes. The show is very accessible to the skeptical newcomer, while still teaching new ideas and giving fresh insight on the latest news for even the most expert of skeptics. More
Posted by Eric Weiss / / Categories: 10 To Start, SotN Blog / Tags: Adam Savage, Andrew Wakefield, Jay Novella, Jon Ronson, Mehmet Oz, Perry DeAngelis, Rebecca Watson, Robert Novella, Simon Singh, Steven Novella
As you’ve probably learned from this site, and the sites we link to, there are many different types of scams and woo trying to deprive people of their hard earned money. So, what would a fitting response be for the people who say they posses psychic powers, the ability to magically heal or countless other claims? Prove It!
James Randi and the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) have, for 47 years, said just that, and put their money where their mouth is.
Homeopathy is a school of medicine founded by Dr. Christian Samuel Friedrich Hahnemann in the 1700’s. Dr. Hahnemann offered a method of disease treatment based on the notion that “like cures like.” He inventoried the symptoms of a disease, found substances that mimicked those symptoms, and administered those substances in diluted doses. He believed that the healing “energies” of the solutions grew stronger with a series of dilutions and shaking. More
Posted by Alicia Shelton / / Categories: An Introduction To, Health & Medicine, SotN Blog / Tags: Dr. Christian Samuel Friedrich Hahnemann, Dr. Steven Novella, FDA, homeopathy, James Randi, Mercyside Skeptics Society, Stephen Barrett, Vic Skeptics