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eSkeptic for November 20, 2021 Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic In episode 228, Michael Shermer speaks with Steven Koonin about what climate science tells us, what it doesn’t, and why it matters, based on his book Unsettled. Plus, we annouce a 6-hour seminar with Bart Ehrman on Dec 5, and recap Michael Shermer’s Substack posts this week.

One Mission, Many Paths Paul Fidalgo Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science From the Richard Dawkins Foundation Newsletter. Subscribe here. Hello! Richard Dawkins is quite possibly the world’s most famous atheist, so it follows that the Foundation that bears his name would be assumed to be an “atheist organization.” And truly, the Richard Dawkins Foundation (with its umbrella organization …

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David Copperfield’s History of Magic Paul Fidalgo Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science From legendary magicians like Harry Houdini and James Randi to today’s great mentalists and illusionists such as Banachek, Mark Edward, and Dustin Dean, true masters of the art fill us with awe without lying about having supernatural powers. On a very special Skeptical Inquirer Presents online event, hundreds of …

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In the Tank for Pseudoscience Paul Fidalgo Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science Is it getting cold in here, or is it just the giant tank of liquid nitrogen?  Physiologist Nick Tiller made a big splash with his recent talk on Skeptical Inquirer Presents, where he unpacked the problem of pseudoscience’s enormous influence in the sports, wellness, and fitness …

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Religious Preference for the Privileged Few Paul Fidalgo Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science The U.S. Supreme Court has recently heard arguments in the case of Ramirez v. Collier, in which a death row inmate is seeking to have his pastor in the room with him as he is lethally injected, and that his pastor be allowed to make physical contact …

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Julia Said Ha! Paul Fidalgo Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science Julia Sweeney is best known as a brilliant actress and comedian of Saturday Night Live fame, but our community also knows her as the taboo-shattering cultural figure who spoke and wrote movingly about her own journey from belief to atheism well before it was cool, in particular with …

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Hopeless Ham Paul Fidalgo Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science Last month, creationism apologist Ken Ham used the sudden death of our friend and colleague, Free Inquiry Editor Tom Flynn, as an opportunity to raise money for his thoughtless think tank Answers in Genesis and his alternative-history pseudo-museum the Ark Encounter, telling his followers “to do all we …

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Homeopathy’s Last Stand Paul Fidalgo Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Read More Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science “You may bend over backward to defend your pet ‘alternative’ remedy,” writes Richard Dawkins in the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer. But, he warns, “if homeopathy is your personal favorite quackery, you are going to have to bend over backward a massive lot further than for any …

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eSkeptic for November 17, 2021 Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic In this essay, published on Substack today, Dr. Shermer addresses several recent articles in Scientific American of a distinctly unscientific nature related to progressive woke politics, perhaps in obedience to the British historian and Sovietologist Robert Conquest’s eponymous law that “any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.”