Skeptics of Think Atheist


Skeptics of Think Atheist

A group for skeptics to gather and help each other battle woo, pseudoscience, misinformation, and other nonsense. Feel free to ask for help in seeking information to address any claims you might be skeptical about.

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Why People Believe in Conspiracies - By Michael Shermer

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Joli Feb 23, 2011. 5 Replies

Why People Believe in ConspiraciesA skeptic's take on the public's fascination with disinformationBy Michael Shermer  | September 10,…Continue

QED Vodka-Homeopathy Expose' 10:23 Campaign

Started by Andrea Steele. Last reply by No name Jan 26, 2011. 3 Replies

This is SO cool! The 10:23 Campaign has already made significant progress in exposing the fraud behind homeopathic "medicine" in the UK. Here's the link. For some reason it isn't embedding. :/ …Continue

Tags: science, UK, homeopathy, skeptic

Is There Such a Thing as Life After Death?

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by kumera Dec 14, 2010. 24 Replies

On television you can't escape it.  The National Geographic Channel, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, even the Science Channel lower their standards to cater to the undeniable human 'need'…Continue

What Do You Believe In?

Started by Sydni Moser Nov 17, 2010. 0 Replies

by Michael ShermerNov 09 2010 SkepticblogAs a skeptic and atheist I am often asked, “What do you believe in?” The ending preposition implies something more than what factual claims are to be…Continue

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Comment by Sydni Moser on September 9, 2010 at 10:07am

The Origin of Superstition, Magical Thinking, and Paranormal Beliefs (an integrative model)
by Marjaana Lindeman & Kia Aarnio

In his always quirky but usually insightful look into the human condition, comedian Woody Allen once remarked: “There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is how far it is from midtown and how late is it open?”1

In point of fact, the majority of people accept as a given that an unseen world of paranormal powers exists, and all that remains is for us to discover the details of its workings. Superstition and magical thinking are the core cognitions that drive belief in the paranormal. Over 40% of Americans, for example, believe in devils, ghosts, and spiritual healing.2 Most social scientists do not bother trying to understand why people believe in the paranormal, while many psychologists have characterized superstitious and magical thinking as a problem for which there is no ready explanation,3 or as “a label for a residual category — a garbage bin filled with various odds and ends that we do not otherwise know what to do with.”4

Skeptics, of course, have not ignored superstitions and magical beliefs, and there exist today several international magazines, regular conferences, and dozens of excellent books that attempt to both explain the paranormal as well as understand why people believe in it. Explanations have ranged from personality traits, psychological motivation, and flawed cognition, to emotional instability, demographics, and social influences.5 From the purely scientific perspective of experimental psychology, however, our overall understanding of this area has yet to be adequately described and explained. This paper presents a new and integrative model that explains superstition, magical thinking, and paranormal beliefs.
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Comment by Reggie on September 5, 2010 at 12:26pm
Adriana, I saw that via Pharyngula (probably same as you!), and found it spot on. I didn't have time to read it all, but from what I did read, especially the parts about YDIW Skeptics, it was very enjoyable.
Comment by Reggie on July 14, 2010 at 5:51pm
I think she'll look cute with the pink! And a picture will be posted with her in it, I promise!
Comment by Reggie on July 14, 2010 at 2:07pm
@ Adriana - I will most definitely do! I'll include photos, even!

@Michel - You sold a T-Shirt! Well, as soon as I get home to my home PC, you've sold a t-shirt. Thank you! Looks great!
Comment by Reggie on July 13, 2010 at 9:45pm
Not yet! But wifey is full term. Counting the days.
Comment by Reggie on July 13, 2010 at 7:54pm
Michel - actually, I found it there before you posted.

Of course, a T|A member designed shirt would be infinitely more appealing. ;-)
Comment by Reggie on July 13, 2010 at 7:18pm
Sadly, the Health Ranger has a response video.

Comment by Reggie on July 13, 2010 at 7:12pm
Love the Vaccine Song, Adrianna! Thanks for sharing! I want to get my daughter a shirt that reads "Hug Me, I'm Vaccinated". Anyone know where to order one?
Comment by Henry Ruddle on July 12, 2010 at 5:06pm
I notice that the male stick figure is "spilling his seed on the sand" so to speak. Isn't that a capital offense in the Bible? Time to get out the eraser of death!
Comment by Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) on June 2, 2010 at 3:44pm
This has probably been posted here before, but I love it so much I wanted to share it. It is a "9 minute beat poem" called "Storm", by Tim Minchin. It definitely is a great demonstration of a skeptic vs a new ager.

Storm (with words, by Tim Minchin)

And even if you are familiar with it, you may not know that they're actually doing an animated movie version! It is being professionally done, and will be free when completed. You can find out more about it here -


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