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Scientific Skepticism

Battling Psychics and Ghosts: The Need for Scientific Skepticism

Rodney Schmaltz | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Rodney Schmaltz

Through countless questions from college and university students about aliens, ghosts, and a wide variety of New Age and alternative health and psychological treatments, I've realized the need to teach scientific skepticism, and that using examples of pseudoscience -- claims that appear to be scientific but are not -- can be an invaluable resource.

Why Believe in God but Not Santa Claus?

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.23.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

Why do religious people trash some implausible beliefs but keep others? Perhaps they get something out of the beliefs they keep.

Richard Dawkins Plays God: The Video (Updated)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.19.2013 | Media
Deepak Chopra

Richard Dawkins has publicly declared that religion is the "root of all evil," which became the title of his first big television hit in the UK, broadcast in 2006. Its follow-up, in 2007, allowed me to meet him in person. He invited me to answer a few questions on camera, and I did.

This Is My Brain on Science

Eric Korpela | Posted 04.25.2012 | Science
Eric Korpela

You may ask, "What is it like in a scientist's brain?" Let's start with my thought processes for an everyday task like seeing an article on The Huffington Post -- for example, this one: "Venus May Be Slowing Down, New ESA Data Suggests."