Skeptic » eSkeptic » March 18, 2009

The Skeptics Society & Skeptic magazine




detail of issue 14/4 of Skeptic magazine

Subcribe to Skeptic magazine
and get this as your first issue

Skeptic Volume 14, Number 4
The Psychology of the Ponzi Scheme
In this issue: Fooled by Ponzi (and Madoff); Klaatu; JFK; The Great Self-Esteem & Positive Thinking Debacle, How People Decide Who to Trust About Science Claims; The Garden of Eden: It’s Origins & Meaning; The SkepDoc on: Gulf War Syndrome & What to Eat … READ the cover story free online >

Please note: this issue is still being printed and will begin shipping around the beginning of April.

READ the table of contents
& SUBSCRIBE online


Check out these other
GREAT products

book cover
Bible Prophecy
Failure or Fulfillment?
Many best sellers have been written about Bible prophecy. Their authors first claim that many accurate predictions were made by the prophets of ancient times, and then insist they themselves have the same ability, using the Bible as a crystal ball to predict the usually apocalyptic future. Rarely have their methods of interpretation, their logic, or their historical accuracy been questioned. Tim Callahan rises to the challenge with wit and clarity.
READ more and order the book >
DVD cover
Break the Science Barrier
The power & beauty of science
This one-hour documentary by Richard Dawkins, the famed British evolutionary biologist and world-renowned science writer, communicates both the power and the beauty of science through a series of stories and vignettes dealing with a wide variety of topics, including the discovery of the Big Bang, junk science in the courtroom, magic and deception, and how science is the best tool ever devised for understanding how the world works…

READ more and order the DVD >

book cover
Baloney Detection Kit
An excellent skepticism resource
This 16-page booklet is designed to hone your critical thinking skills. It includes suggestions on what questions to ask, what traps to avoid, specific examples of how the scientific method is used to test pseudoscience and paranormal claims, a how-to guide for developing a class in critical thinking, and much more!

READ more and order the book >


Skepticality: The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine
Skepticamp logo

Skepticamp in Atlanta

This week’s Skepticality hits the highlights and plays excerpts from Atlanta Skepticamp. Topics from the two day “un-conference” included: raising children to be critical thinkers; homeopathy; the question of what organic food labels really mean; and (in discussion with the hosts of the American Freethought podcast) the role of new media in promoting the growth of the skeptical community.

Also, Derek & Swoopy check the skeptical events calendar to keep listeners updated on upcoming Skepticamps and other events for skeptics around the world.

SUBSCRIBE to Skepticality
within iTunes

DOWNLOAD Episode #97
(15MB MP3)

SUBSCRIBE to the Skeptic RSS feed


skepticblog.org website banner

A Skeptic in Creation Land

Michael Shermer visited the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, run by Answers in Genesis, the young-earth creationist organization run by Ken Ham, an Old Testament looking figure if ever there was one. The highlight was his interview with Dr. Georgia Purdom, the museum’s “research scientist” who explained what type of research one can do at a young-earth creationist organization, and why she thinks Francis Collins is wrong in his evolutionary understanding of the human genome.

READ the post

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


michaelshermer.com website banner

new this week on MichaelShermer.com

Stay up-to-date with new additions to MichaelShermer.com
by subscribing to the RSS feed.

Patreon: a new way to support the things skeptic creates

Get eSkeptic

Science in your inbox every Wednesday!

eSkeptic delivers great articles, videos, podcasts, reviews, event announcements, and more to your inbox once a week.

Sign me up!

Donate to Skeptic

Please support the work of the Skeptics Society. Make the world a more rational place and help us defend the role of science in society.

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.

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. The lectures each range from 32 to 45 minutes.

FREE PDF Download

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.

FREE PDF Download

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.

FREE PDF Download

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?

FREE PDF Download

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…

FREE PDF Download

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!

FREE PDF Download

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.

Copyright © 1992–2017. All rights reserved. The Skeptics Society | P.O. Box 338 | Altadena, CA, 91001 | 1-626-794-3119. Privacy Policy.