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the new issue of Skeptic magazine featuring
a special section on Medical Controversies

  • Do Vaccines Cause Autism? We Examine the Scientific Evidence
  • Secondhand Smoke Laws:
    are they justified? Pro & Con
  • Is Using Animals in Mediucal Experiments Now Outdated?
  • Scientific Disputes: A Case Study of the Origins of AIDS
  • The Trouble with Psychiatry & When to Be Skeptical of Medical Research

Also…

  • Frans de Waal Rebuts the recent New Yorker article on Bonobo Chimps
  • James Randi v. Sam Harris

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Skepticality: The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine
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Daniel Loxton, Editor, Junior Skeptic, in his studio “Skeptic North”

Where Do We Go From Here?

Who is the watchdog for paranormal scams and mistakes if we won’t do it? This week, Daniel Loxton (editor of Junior Skeptic) offers his own personal perspective on the future of skepticism as a movement. Presented as an original full-length audio article (also available as a text article here, in PDF format), his op-ed essay argues that the search for a “new skepticism” is misguided—and that the early titans of skepticism had it right in the first place.

Then, Derek & Swoopy sit down with Daniel to talk about the skeptics paradox: that so many people feel exhausted and fed up by the paranormal, at the very time that the most exciting new developments—from podcasts to conferences to community—are firmly focused on our core paranormal concerns.

Has classic skepticism run its course? According to Daniel, we’re only now getting ready to start.

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Three New Richard Dawkins DVDs
available now at Shop Skeptic

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Root of All Evil? The Original Program (composite detail of DVD cover)

Root of All Evil? The Original Program
including bonus commentary and Q&A

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A beautiful new digital transfer from the master, with new artwork and special features. In this two-part documentary, Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins examines how religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth. The program takes you to some of the world’s religious hot-spots, both in America and the Middle East. Dawkins meets with religious leaders and their followers, as well as scientists and skeptics to examine the power of religion. Interviews with former Pastor Ted Haggard, the novelist Ian McEwan, the former Bishop of Oxford, and others offer valuable insights into the global impact and consequences of faith in the 21st century.

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Root of All Evil? The Uncut Interviews (detail of DVD cover)

Root of All Evil? The Uncut Interviews

This DVD collection showcases eight raw and uncut interviews from the original tapes for the Root of All Evil? documentary, allowing the viewer a rare vantage point into these revealing exchanges. This 3-DVD set include interviews with:

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Growing Up in the Universe (detail of DVD cover)

Growing Up in the Universe

Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike. Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection a timeless classic.

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Michael Shermer reveals The Real Secret

Forbes magazine contacted Skeptic publisher and Scientific American columnist Michael Shermer to participate in their series of columns on success strategies in business and in life. Given the popularity of such self-help blockbusters as The Secret, Forbes asked Shermer to offer his take on how a scientist might evaluate such claims.

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Detecting Baloney

Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic) by Deanna and Skylar (High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego, CA)

The Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic)

For a class project, a pair of 11th grade physics students created the infographic shown below, inspired by Michael Shermer’s Baloney Detection Kit: a 16-page booklet designed to hone your critical thinking skills.

FREE Video Series

Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

Understanding the difference could save your life! In this superb 10-part video lecture series, Harriet Hall, M.D., contrasts science-based medicine with so-called “complementary and alternative” methods. The lectures each range from 32 to 45 minutes.

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Top 10 Myths of Terrorism

Is Terrorism an Existential Threat?

This free booklet reveals 10 myths that explain why terrorism is not a threat to our way of life or our survival.

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The Top 10 Weirdest Things

The Top Ten Strangest Beliefs

Michael Shermer has compiled a list of the top 10 strangest beliefs that he has encountered in his quarter century as a professional skeptic.

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Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future (paperback cover)

Who believes them? Why? How can you tell if they’re true?

What is a conspiracy theory, why do people believe in them, and why do they tend to proliferate? Why does belief in one conspiracy correlate to belief in others? What are the triggers of belief, and how does group identity factor into it? How can one tell the difference between a true conspiracy and a false one?

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The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

Do you know someone who has had a mind altering experience? If so, you know how compelling they can be. They are one of the foundations of widespread belief in the paranormal. But as skeptics are well aware, accepting them as reality can be dangerous…

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Top 10 Myths About Evolution

Top 10 Myths About Evolution (and how we know it really happened)

If humans came from apes, why aren’t apes evolving into humans? Find out in this pamphlet!

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Learn to be a Psychic in 10 Easy Lessons

Learn to do Psychic “Cold Reading” in 10
Easy Lessons

Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

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