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A History of Life’s Vital Essence (Part 3): The Twilight of Vitalism

Mike McRae provides a glimpse into the history of two competing systems of biology: life as complex chemistry, and the abandoned theory of vitalism. (Part 3 of 3.)

A History of Life’s Vital Essence (Part 2): Vital Thinking

Mike McRae provides a glimpse into the history of two competing systems of biology: life as complex chemistry, and the abandoned theory of vitalism. (Part 2 of 3.)

A History of Life’s Vital Essence (Part 1): Fire and Gods

Mike McRae provides a glimpse into the history of two competing systems of biology: life as complex chemistry, and the abandoned theory of vitalism. (Part 1 of 3.)

eSkeptic for eSkeptic for June 17, 2015

In this week’s eSkeptic, William M. London reviews the Skeptics Society Conference on the Future of Science and Humanity that took place at Caltech May 29–31, 2015.

Carbon Comic by Kyle Sanders
The Problem with the Facts: How the Laws of Gravity are False

The Problem with the Facts: How the Laws of Gravity are False, a Carbon Comic by Kyle Sanders, appeared in Skeptic magazine 20.2 (2015).

eSkeptic for eSkeptic for May 27, 2015

In this week’s eSkeptic: Skeptics Conference: Entertainment Update for May 29 & 30; INSIGHT: Hyman’s Maxim & Shakespeare’s Portrait; Rent Science Lectures for as low as $1 per lecture on Vimeo On Demand; Dialogue on the Nature of Science: New posts by Sheldrake & Shermer

eSkeptic for eSkeptic for April 8, 2015

Marc Hauser and Michael Shermer dialogue about the problem of whether science can help determine moral values.

eSkeptic for eSkeptic for March 25, 2015

In this week’s eSkeptic, Kevin Mccaffree and Anondah Saide present a meta-analysis of peer-reviewed empirical studies that evaluate the success of teaching critical thinking strategies in the classroom. In addition, they discuss some reasons for the limited impact of these strategies.

Annus Mirabilis

Donald Prothero celebrates a century of the geological revolution of Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift.

A Token Thought for the Ancient Seeds of Science

Mike McRae describes how the development of Ionian coinage may have provided a metaphorical scaffold for considering an economics of nature—a rules-based system, upon which science is built.

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Carbon Comic (by Kyle Sanders)

Carbon Comic, which appears in Skeptic magazine, is created by Kyle Sanders: a pilot and founder of Little Rock, Arkansas’ Skeptics in The Pub. He is also a cartoonist who authors Carbon Dating: a skeptical comic strip about science, pseudoscience, and relationships. It can be found at carboncomic.com.

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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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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Alternative Medicine

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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