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Announcing the NEW Skeptic Website!

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Today we’re pleased to announce the launch of our new website! It’s been completely re-organized, re-designed, and re-coded, to make it a more useful resource for research, education, and entertainment. This new website was made possible by the generous support of Robert and Diane Zeps, whose friendship and encouragement is deeply appreciated, and the communications firm Rocketday Arts, which has donated many extra hours to this project.

On the organizational side, we’ve added summaries for each of our resources, as well as a Reading Room library, where all our online articles, editorials, reports, and reviews are cross-indexed by topic. Also, a search feature will be added as soon as Google has finished spidering the new site.

On the technical side, much care has been put into creating appropriate code for a public resource. All content pages (outside of the storefront) have been hand-coded to semantically-structured, W3C compliant XHTML and CSS, adhering to accessibility guidelines set forth by the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative and US Section 508. Please be patient with us in the first couple weeks as we iron out the last technical issues. As newer browsers are more standards-compliant, please visit our site with a current browser, such as:

We’ve also added security features and updates to our online Skeptic Shop:

  • all 12 years of Skeptic magazine back issues;
  • DVDs, VHS, CDs and audio cassettes of almost every lecture and conference from the Skeptics Distinguished Lecture Series at Caltech, (featuring the biggest stars of science);
  • the Baloney Detection Kit booklet and How to Debate a Creationist booklet; and
  • a rich selection of the most important books on science and skepticism for every skeptics’ library.

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Help Us Build this Resource

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As funding permits, we will continue adding resources online (we’ve got hundreds to add!), in the hopes to soon have an expansive, searchable collection of FREE online articles on all things relating to science and skepticism. If you’d like to help us continue building this public resource, contact us at or donate to our Website Fund online.

eSkeptic: Call for Submissions

With the growing popularity of eSkeptic, whose articles, reviews, and commentaries are archived at (thus adding to our growing Reading Room Library), we encourage editorial submissions from our readers, most notably short articles on topics current and controversial (e.g., Intelligent Design creationism), and reviews of new books (On Bullshit), films, television programs (e.g., WB’s new series Supernatural). Submissions should be made electronically with an attached file in MS Word (saved with the “.doc” file extension) and sent to

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Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

The definitive tour of our universe! On Tuesday nights, the Science Channel is in the midst of reairing Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, digitally remastered, with updated science and all new graphics.

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Plows, Plagues & Petroleum
Global Warming, Climate Change
& the Future of the Environment

Dr. William Ruddiman

Sunday, October 9th, 2pm
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech, Pasadena, CA

The impact on climate from 200 years of industrial development is an everyday fact of life, but did humankind’s active involvement in climate change really begin with the industrial revolution, as commonly believed? Dr. William Ruddiman, a climate scientist at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the author of the controversial new book, Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum, argues that humans have actually been changing the climate for some 8,000 years — as a result of the earlier discovery of agriculture. The “Ruddiman Hypothesis” has been controversial ever since it was featured as a cover story in Scientific American. It states that the impact of farming on greenhouse-gas levels, thousands of years before the industrial revolution, kept our planet notably warmer than if natural climate cycles had prevailed — quite possibly forestalling a new ice age.

Ruddiman takes us through three broad stages of human history: when nature was in control; when humans began to take control, discovering agriculture and affecting climate through carbon dioxide and methane emissions; and, finally, the more recent human impact on climate change. Along the way he raises the fascinating possibility that plagues, by depleting human populations, also affected reforestation and thus climate — as suggested by dips in greenhouse gases when major pandemics have occurred. The book concludes by looking to the future and critiquing the impact of special interest money on the global warming debate.

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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.

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Wisdom of Harriet Hall

Top 10 Things to Know About Alternative Medicine

Harriet Hall M.D. discusses: alternative versus conventional medicine, flu fear mongering, chiropractic, vaccines and autism, placebo effect, diet, homeopathy, acupuncture, “natural remedies,” and detoxification.

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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.

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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 can you 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

Mind altering experiences 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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The Yeti or Abominable Snowman

5 Cryptid Cards

Download and print 5 Cryptid Cards created by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton. Creatures include: The Yeti, Griffin, Sasquatch/Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the Cadborosaurus.

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