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Science & Politics

John Brockman, editor of, has posted a target article on science and politics entitled What Makes People Vote Republican? by Jonathan Haidt, with commentaries on it by Michael Shermer and others.

READ the target article and all commentaries on it.

READ Michael Shermer’s response, entitled The Conscience of the Conservative.

ORIGINS - The BIG Questions Conference (October 3-4, 2008), presented by the Skeptics Society

Our 2008 Conference (on science & religion)

Oct. 3–4, 2008, seats still available!

So much of the debate turns on big guestions around sthe origin of the universe, the laws of nature, time, life, and consciousness. Often, arguments center on filling these origin gaps with God. But now science is making significant headway into providing natural explanations for these ultimate questions, which leaves us with the biggest question of all: Does science make belief in God obsolete?

  • Dr. Sean Carroll, Senior Research Associate in Physics at Caltech
  • Dr. Paul Davies, theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, and author
  • Dr. Stuart Kauffman, founding director, Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics
  • Dr. Christof Koch, Ph.D. (bio)-physics with a minor in Philosophy
  • Dr. Kenneth Miller, Professor of Biology at Brown University
  • Dr. Nancey Murphy, Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Donald Prothero, Professor of Geology at Occidental College
  • Dr. Hugh Ross, Ph.D. astronomy from the University of Toronto
  • Dr. Victor Stenger, emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at U of Hawaii
  • Dr. Leonard Susskind, the discoverer of string theory
  • with Saturday night entertainment by Mr. Deity and crew (need we say more?)

Dr. Philip Clayton, a professor of religion and philosophy at Claremont Graduate University and Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology, and Dr. Michael Shermer, the cofounder of the Skeptics Society, the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Society’s Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University.

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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.

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.

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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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