Spiritualism Exposed: Margaret Fox Kane Confesses Fraud

Spiritualism Exposed: Margaret Fox Kane Confesses Fraud

Editor’s note: This article appeared originally in the newspaper The New York World, on October 21, 1888. It is the testimony of the first modern-day psychic, Margaret Fox, where she tells the story of how a simple childhood joke sparked the spiritualist movement that even today has a strong...
All's Fair At Psychic Fairs

All's Fair At Psychic Fairs

Whenever I can, I like to visit the psychic fairs that pop up from time to time. It is always a journey into enlightenment, although not the kind I am promised. It is more an uplifting tale of just how vivid human fantasy and invention can be.

The drop of water

The drop of water

Written in 1848, this well-known fairy-tale reminds us that Mother Nature is not only a wondrous place with whole worlds for us to explore, but also a fierce and bloody place, so unlike the benevolent, friendly and idyllic paradise we are being presented with in the world of New Age.

Astrology loses…again

Astrology loses…again

In the Euro 2004 soccer championship, two Danish astrologers tried their luck in predicting the outcome of the matches. Based on the thousands of years of experience, it should be a relatively easy task to determine such a binary result. Alas, it turned out to be yet another astrological failure of cataclysmic proportions.

Miracles galore

Miracles galore

In these days of never-ending pandering to the cheapest thrills, it is not every day you get to witness a whole string of miracles, where people are cured of such varied ailments as ski injuries, whiplash, asthma and ovarian cancer. Blind people see, deaf people hear, diabetics are cured, fibromyalgia and even otherwise uncurable sclerosis disappears! That sure beats watching “Wheel of Fortune” on a boring Thursday evening.

The Amazing Meeting 2

The Amazing Meeting 2

What has swift(!)ly become the major world-wide event for the skeptical movement was kicked off on a sunny day in January, 2004. Las Vegas was the place, The Amazing Meeting 2 the event. Again, James Randi, internationally famous for his investigations of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims, hosted the gathering of almost 400 skeptics from around the globe. It turned out to be truly amazing indeed.

The Krazy Kat Experiment

The Krazy Kat Experiment

Being a skeptic means that you learn a lot about how people who believe in paranormal phenomena think. Rational thought is often a scarce commodity, and you will encounter more or less bizarre notions.