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WE SKEPTICS CAN ALL REMEMBER that one moment when we began to think like skeptics. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Skeptics Society and Skeptic magazine, we asked a few of our favorite friends to tell us about that moment. (Click the play button above to watch our short video introduction.)

We’ll be releasing their incredible stories on YouTube over the next few months. Now, we would like for you to join us in celebrating our 25th anniversary by telling us your story of when you knew that you were a Card-Carrying Skeptic.

Step 1: Film your story.

How Can I Become a Card-Carrying Skeptic?

  1. Film your story.
  2. Make it public on YouTube.
  3. EMAIL A LINK to your video.

In return, we’ll send to you your very own, genuine Skeptic Card in the mail. Be sure to tell us your mailing address when you email your video link to us. We promise we won’t share your mailing address with anyone (except the post office).

Proudly, let the world know that you are a Card-Carrying Skeptic!

Let the world know that you are a Card-Carrying Skeptic.

We may even feature your video in a future eSkeptic, embed it on our website, and/or share it on our social media platforms!

To inspire you to film and submit your own story, check out this story that we recorded of our friend Rachel Bloom (creator and star of the American romantic-comedy-drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend:

Thank you for being a part of our first 25 years. We look forward to seeing you over the next 25.


American Goblins—Part 3

Our final part of our three-part look at the Kentucky Goblins case of 1955 concludes with an interview with the hosts of Astonishing Legends, Scott Philbrook and Forrest Burgess. We discuss the facts of the case, possible explanations, and the problems with the Wikipedia entry and the scholarly journal article cited within it. This episode’s topic is also discussed in a blog post by Blake Smith: Astonishing Legends, Questionable Facts.

If you missed them, be sure to listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of American Goblins.

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Astonishing Legends, Questionable Facts

In conjunction with episode 138 of MonsterTalk mentioned above, MonsterTalk host, Blake Smith, explores whether a family in Kentucky got drunk and mistook owls for ‘space-goblins,’ or did something much more complex happen on that hot August night in 1955?

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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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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
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Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

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