Community Without Dogma
Skeptics face the difficulty of creating a like environment. In matters of critical thinking, skeptics vary wildly in degree of application. There is the crowd inspired by Phil Plait’s catchphrase – ‘Don’t Be A Dick’. Some segments, on the other hand, believe in foisting critical thinking onto every conversation. No matter how casual the conversation may be, if a person says something that is “wrong”, it must be addressed immediately and with fervor. Even in our own community, we are divided as there is no dogmatic umbrella under which we all entirely fall.
The Devil Within - Exorcism in the United States
With renewed energy and fervor, the world has plunged again into a paranormal realm. Interest in psychic phenomena, communicating with the dead, and healing with the power of the mind have become, in this age of science, a gateway to the mysterious and escape from the mundane. Religion has also turned back to a more fantastical realm: Exorcisms. Once forgotten, casting out the devil is back in vogue.
The Pufedorf Hoax
An unsolved double-murder, clandestine missions, secret organizations, four Presidents, nuclear warheads for Nazi rockets, Queen Elizabeth II, guerilla tactics, executions, fake executions, Yassir Arafat, the Congressional Medal of Honor, a German retirement home, an Argentinian travel agent, anagrams, a sunken ship, shady figures from the Underworld, fraud, lies, hoaxes, humbug - and two very strange people.
Mind Games - A look at phrenology in the 1830s
Phrenology was a hot topic in 1830s America, the relatively new "offspring of inquiring and revolutionary age," as the Quarterly Christian Spectator called it in 1834. It was hailed by some as a science that could unlock the secrets of the human brain by measuring the skull. It was denounced by others as sheer hucksterism - the work of con-men using the dubious notion of "cranial bumps" to make money off the gullibility of others.
New World Order, City Hall Square, Copenhagen
Undoubtedly, the most popular myth today deals with the attack on September 11, 2001. The movement behind this conspiracy theory is called the "Truth"-movement, and its followers "Truthers". Read about their celebration of the 8th anniversary of the attack.
California's "Haunted" Highway
Reality has a way of biting psychics' asses, and Sylvia Browne is no exception. This time, her claims about a California highway being so littered with ghosts are debunked by a trucker who knows the area intimately. Read about speed limits, driving in fog and the hanging of Joaquin Murrieta and Three Fingered Jack.
A quantum of common sense
It seems these days there is no shortage of "quantum" machines, or "quantum" explanations that will cure all known ills, generate unlimited "free" energy, communicate with the dead, explain personal "reverse causality" or perform any other highly improbable thing you can think of. One might be tempted to be skeptical, except that it's just "science" isn't it? Doesn't quantum mechanics prove all these things to be true? Decide for yourself...
A bottomless can of worms
An attempt to show that, not only is there now no hard evidence for life after death, but there can be no such evidence. Contrary to what mediums, ghost hunters, and NDE researchers would have us to believe, it is not possible to prove the "survival" hypothesis, even in principle.