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Debate: “Saving Darwin”
Michael Shermer v. Karl Giberson

On Monday November 17, 2008, at the Harvard Club in New York, Michael Shermer and Karl Giberson debated how best to “save Darwin.” The reference comes from Giberson’s new book, Saving Darwin, in which he argues that one can be a Christian and a Darwinian, and that science poses no threat to religious beliefs. Shermer makes a similar argument in his book Why Darwin Matters, but there are substantive differences in their world views that are apparent in this dialogue.

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Rare Pyramid Power Resources
(including interview with MythBuster Kari Byron!) now offers rare “Further Reading” resources relating to Junior Skeptic #23: “Pyramid Power.”

MythBusters fans will be excited to find a previously unpublished 2006 interview with Kari Byron. Kari shares insights about the MythBusters tests of pyramid power, and stories about her experiences as part of the cast.

According to pyramid power’s apocryphal origin story, a Frenchman named Antoine Bovis stumbled upon the secret while standing inside the Great Pyramid in Egypt. Here, we present Bovis’s own description of his “discovery” in both the original French (3.6 MB PDF scan of a 1930s booklet by Bovis) and an English translation. As so often, the primary document falsifies the modern legend — yet it was lost to history until now.

Also included are detailed sources and bibliography for Junior Skeptic #23, a key Danish source on the legendary Bovis story (translated into English), and an extensive unpublished interview with 1970s (pro-paranormal) pyramid power author Max Toth, in which he reminisces about the history (and business!) of the paranormal fad he helped to pioneer.

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This week at, Michael Shermer debunks the myth of deregulation as the cause of the current economic crisis, giving you the raw numbers of just how regulated the financial markets already are. Hint: Republicans and Conservatives are not off the hook.

While you’re there be sure to read the blogs posts of the other Skepticbloggers: Brian Dunning, Kirsten Sanford, Mark Edward, Phil Plait, Ryan Johnson, Steven Novella, and Yau-Man Chan. website banner
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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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