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Skeptic Volume 15, Number 1
In this issue: “The Greatest Story Ever Garbled”—a Christian Origins Conspiracy Theory; Everything I Needed to Know about Skepticism I Learned from Scooby-Doo; SkepDoc on Homeopathy; Placebos; Stage a UFO Hoax; Atheism a Stealth Religion?; Criminal Injustice; Testing Orgone Energy; Matt Ridley on Evolutionary Economics; Ape Language Controversy; Science of Love, and more…
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War: History, Causes & Solutions
A couple months ago, we brought out Michael Shermer’s college course on the History of Science. Now we are pleased to announce that Dr. Shermer’s course entitled “War: History, Causes, Solutions” is available for purchase in a handsome boxed set of audio CDs with MP3 files of 36 lectures (27 hours in total). That is only $2.75 per lecture, less than a Starbucks’ latté! Order your copy now, and if you don’t already own Dr. Shermer’s History of Science course you can purchase both courses together for an additional $51, for a total of $150 for both sets!
These CDs are designed to play on MP3 players, computers & newer automotive CD players. Over 25 hours of lectures are compressed into only three CDs.
Is Religion a Force for Good or Evil in the World?
Michael Shermer and Dinesh D’Souza go toe-to-toe on some of the greatest issues related to science and religion: is there evidence for God’s existence, what is the proper relationship between science and religion, and has religion been a force for good or evil in the world?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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…
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!
Learn to do Psychic “Cold Reading” in 10
Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.