Journals and Magazines

Are there hidden messages in the Bible? Revisiting the claims of the Bible Code,Klaus Schmeh,The Skeptic

This article originally appeared in The Skeptic, Volume 22, Issue 4, from 2011 The Bible contains hidden messages which predicted the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001, Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and other historical events thousands of years before they actually happened. At any rate, this is claimed by the US author …

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How a scientific paper gets published: demystifying peer review,David Weinberg,The Skeptic

Science is an iterative process. The greatest achievements in any scientific field come from generations of investigators building on the works of their intellectual ancestors. In order to achieve maximum potential, progress in science must be shared. The primary mechanism that has arisen to share scientific scholarship is through journals. Peer review has emerged as …

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Voting Rights Are In Jeopardy. Are There Any Solutions on the Horizon?,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

The passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) was pivotal in protecting the voting rights secured in the 15th Amendment. Unfortunately, in Shelby County v. Holder (2013), the Supreme Court struck down an important component of the VRA, which required states with a history of discriminatory voting restrictions to obtain federal approval for …

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The erroneous assumptions of so-called alternative medicine: Root causes,Edzard Ernst,The Skeptic

So-called alternative medicine (SCAM) offers an odd and heterogeneous mix of treatments that have almost nothing in common: Herbal medicine is fundamentally different from acupuncture.homeopathy has nothing to do with chiropractic.Reflexology is different from Tai chi.Etc., etc. Despite this heterogeneity, there are a few assumptions that underly all, or at least most, of these treatments. …

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Celebrating Use of Chosen Personal Pronouns,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

The third Wednesday in October (this year October 20th) marks International Pronouns Day. On this day, people are reminded to make respecting, sharing, and educating about the appropriate use of personal pronouns more commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity, but many transgender and gender nonconforming …

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Are young people turning god in the pandemic? Don’t believe the prayer PR,Michael Marshall,The Skeptic

The issue of religiosity and how it pertains to skepticism has rarely been one I’ve been personally hugely interested in. I’m an atheist, and I think the chances that there’s a god out there are vanishingly small, and the chances that such a being takes any notice of what you do or who you are …

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Study Reveals More Defined Picture of Our Civically Active Humanist Community,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

Last week, I joined the authors of Secular Surge: The New Fault Line in American Politics for a panel discussion about their new book. Like any good student, I read the book in preparation, which led to too many annotations, notes, and rabbit holes of tangential research. If you give a mouse a cookie… While …

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The First Quackbusters? The early battles between quacks and skeptics,Simon Singh,The Skeptic

This article originally appeared in The Skeptic, Volume 22, Issue 4, from 2011 Over the last three or four years, sceptics have redoubled their efforts to expose quacks, their twisted pseudoscience and their dodgy devices. This resurgence in scepticism is the latest round in a tradition of battling quackery that dates back to at least …

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‘A Mystery to Ourselves’: from the Witches of Warboys, to an epidemic of Tik Tok tics,Deborah Hyde,The Skeptic

In the autumn of 1589, nine year old Jane Throckmorton of Warboys in Huntingdonshire “fell into a strange kind of a sickness and distemperature of the body”. She would lie on her back, then “…her stomach would lift up above the rest of her such that none could press her down flat. Sometimes she would …

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