One of the more bizarre human behavior is how human deal with cognitive dissonance, when one suddenly have two conflicting truths, often one long-held and the other undeniable but recent discovery. There are three ways to resolve cognitive dissonance. You believe in one, the other, or rarely, you somehow meld the two together into an amalgamated third. The abusive relationship is a common cognitive dissonance. More
I’m about to introduce you to one of my passions. Getting things done. It does not matter if it is a little task or a big one, I just like crossing things off my list. I have many projects in the world of skepticism, but the one I’m about to tell you about is one that needs involvement by you. More
I was given the following letter, written by Dr. Harriet Hall, by Robert Blaskiewicz. Robert runs The OTHER Burzynski Patient Group and is organizing an amazing fundraising program for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More
While browsing the Skeptic sub-Reddit I came across an amazing bit of moon landing hoax debunking. Created by S. G. Collins it attacks the moon landing hoax from a radically new angle: While we had the technology to send men to the moon and bring them back safely, we did not have the technology to fake it. More
QED (Question, Explore, Discover) is a skeptical conference in the UK that is a “weekend celebration of science, reason, and critical thinking” as the name would emphasize. It’s the result of a collaboration between the Merseyside Skeptics Society and the Greater Manchester Skeptics, taking place at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester. More
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Amy Davis Roth (Surly Amy) is a blogger and an artist. She writes for Skepchick and MadArtLab and she creates handmade ceramic jewerly inspired by science, skepticism and nature, which you can find on Surly-Ramics. More
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Evan Bernstein has been an active participant in the skeptical movement since 1996, he is most commonly know for being a member of the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast. He has a particular interest for history and greets his listeners in a different language every episode before saying what has happened that day in the history of science and skepticism. More
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George Hrab is a musician, podcaster and a “defender of the theory of gravity”. He is the host of the Geologic Podcast and a very cool person. Contrary to what the title may lead you to believe, the Geologic Podcast has very little to do with geology. Instead, it’s a pun on his first name and his interest in science. George’s creativy has led him to create and be part of many different projects, from writing a book to creating the 365 Days of Astronomy theme song “Far”. He has shared some of his time with us and it is an honor to say that he is the first person to be interviewed for Skeptics on the .Net. More
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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 2006, Skeptoid has been fighting the good fight against the overwhelming majority of noise in the media supporting useless alternative medicine systems, psychics preying upon the vulnerable, the erosion of science education in the classroom, xenophobia of advanced energy and food production methods, and generally anything that distracts attention and public funding from scientific advancement. More
“There are 2 ways to view the stars, as they really are and as we might wish them to be” – Carl Sagan.
The sun, the moon, and the stars have always been with us, it’s no surprise that humans found patterns in these celestial objects, and subsequently as with many other things, they associated these patterns with events in their lives. More