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Closer To Truth:
Does the Cosmos Have a Reason?

Posted on: Friday, July 4, 2014
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What remarkable discoveries are being made in cosmology! Cosmologists now develop credible theories about the beginning and end of our universe and theory-based speculations about vast numbers of multiple universes. But does the cosmos have a reason? Could revolutionary ideas support some kind of ‘universal reason’? The bar is set high, and it is OK to say no. Robert Lawrence Kuhn interviews Michael Shermer, for CloserToTruth.com.


Closer To Truth:
Does Evil Refute God’s Existence?

Posted on: Friday, July 4, 2014
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Evil is a high hurdle for theists. Given the savagery of moral evil (what humans do to humans) and the horrors of natural evil (earthquakes, tsunamis, disease), how could an all-powerful and all-good God exist? Philosophers offer defenses (evil and God do not contradict) and theodicies (reasons why God allows evil). The problem is the sheer amount of evil. Robert Lawrence Kuhn interviews Michael Shermer, for CloserToTruth.com.


Closer To Truth:
Atheism’s Arguments Against God?

Posted on: Friday, July 4, 2014
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Let’s understand the arguments of atheism. Let’s examine both kinds of anti-God arguments: those that refute the existence of God and those that promote the veracity of atheism. There are many diverse arguments in both categories. Which are the best? What is the prosecution by atheists? What is the defense by theists? Robert Lawrence Kuhn interviews Michael Shermer, for CloserToTruth.com.


Top 10 Most Shared Articles of 2013

Posted on: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Here is a list of the top 10 most shared articles on skeptic.com from 2013.


JFK Conspiracy Theories at 50:
How the Skeptics Got It Wrong and Why It Matters

Posted on: Monday, November 25, 2013
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In this article from Skeptic Magazine issue 18.3 (2013), David Reitzes recounts some of the most durable myths and conspiracy theories surrounding JFK’s assassination, and reminds us that the job of a skeptic is to use critical thinking to properly assess the evidence, and to use our critical faculties to distinguish verifiable evidence from idle speculation, not to merely doubt for the sake of doubting.


The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

Posted on: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Do you know someone who has had a mind altering experience like the examples that we list in this FREE PDF booklet? If so, you know how compelling they can be. A life can be changed or an entire religion founded on the basis of a single brain-generated hallucination. These phenomena are so powerful that throughout history seekers of knowledge have sought to induce them. They are one of the foundations of widespread belief in the paranormal. But as skeptics are well aware, accepting them as reality can be more than a waste of time and energy. It can be dangerous for both the individual and larger society.


Michael Shermer Reads Gettysburg Address

Posted on: Sunday, November 17, 2013
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Michael Shermer commemorates, with his own personal reading, the 150th anniversary of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — one of the most memorable speeches in America history, which Lincoln delivered on November 19, 1863.


Objectivity in Journalism:
Should We Be Skeptical?

Posted on: Thursday, November 7, 2013
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What is good journalism? The fundamentals of objective journalism have traditionally been the following: present the five Ws, get both sides of the story, and most important, keep your opinions to yourself. Journalistic fairness (i.e., getting both sides of the story) was created to ensure that journalists could present the news as neutrally as possible. But can it be done? In this article from Skeptic magazine 6.1, Alexandra Kitty examines the nature and challenges of journalistic objectivity.


Skeptic on YouTube

Posted on: Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Watch all of our YouTube videos, including those with Michael Shermer, and those from our Skeptic Presents! series, right here!


Why People Believe Weird Things (Elon U)

Posted on: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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Michael Shermer delivers a 1.5-hour lecture on why people believe weird things at Elon University, October 22, 2013.


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The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

The Science Behind Why People See Ghosts

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

How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future

The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country—all are reaching a fevered pitch. Many people and institutions have exerted enormous efforts to misrepresent or flatly deny demonstrable scientific reality to protect their nonscientific ideology, their power, or their bottom line…

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Top 10 Myths About Evolution

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

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Alternative Medicine

Topics include: chiropractic, the placebo effect, homeopathy, acupuncture, and the questionable benefits of organic food, detoxification, and ‘natural’ remedies.

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

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