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eSkeptic for eSkeptic for April 15, 2015

In this week’s eSkeptic, John E. Buckner V and Rebecca A. Buckner discuss compartmentalization and conformity as possible socio-psychological mechanisms that might explain how individuals, through education, can decrease their paranormal/supernatural beliefs without improving their critical thinking skills.

Book Review: The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs

Daniel Loxton reviews a colorful nonfiction dinosaur book for children.

Skeptic David Morrison Receives AAS Education Prize

Daniel Loxton shares the Skeptics Society’s congratulations to past Skeptic magazine cover story author David Morrison, named this month as the recipient of the 2015 Education Prize from the American Astronomical Society.

The Myth of Learning Styles

Ani Aharonian considers claims that matching instructional style to individual learning styles will yield superior learning. She argues that this appealing idea lacks an evidence-based foundation, despite its popularity.

eSkeptic for 10-03-24

In this week’s eSkeptic, Dr. Jeremy E.C. Genovese examines an educational urban legend that suggests a willingness to accept assertions about instructional strategies without empirical support. This article appeared in a SOLD OUT issue of Skeptic magazine Volume 10 Number 4 (2004). PLUS, Michael Shermer and Sam Harris debate Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston on the question: Does God Have a Future? This debate was filmed as an ABC Nightline Faceoff.

eSkeptic for 04-12-08

In this week’s eSkeptic, we introduce Bill Nye’s new series, 100 Greatest Discoveries, on the Science Channel.

eSkeptic for 04-10-22

In this week’s eSkeptic, Michael Shermer recounts his experience appearing on the Art Bell Show.

eSkeptic for 04-06-01

In this week’s eSkeptic, Bruce Grant reviews Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design by Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross. Paul Harris exposes the scandal behind a Columbia University Study purporting to scientifically prove the power of prayer.

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