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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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Latest Activity: Dec 15, 2013

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Other skeptic groups worth checking out on Think Atheist

Started by Greg Gorey Jun 3, 2011. 0 Replies

I thought you guys might me interested in the Michael Shermer and…Continue

Tags: Randi, Shermer, skepticism

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

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Comment by Reggie on March 28, 2010 at 3:45am
Comment by Reggie on March 25, 2010 at 7:49pm
Don't forget to vote for a new logo here!
Comment by Sydni Moser on February 12, 2010 at 4:48pm
Michael Shermer discusses his book "Mind of the Market" as part of the Authors@Google series.

How did we evolve from ancient hunter-gatherers to modern consumer-traders? Why are people so irrational when it comes to money and business? Bestselling author Dr. Michael Shermer argues that evolution provides an answer to both of these questions through the new science of evolutionary economics. Drawing on research from neuroeconomics, Shermer explores what brain scans reveal about bargaining, snap purchases, and how trust is established in business. Utilizing experiments in behavioral economics, Shermer shows why people hang on to losing stocks and failing companies, why business negotiations often disintegrate into emotional tit-for-tat disputes, and why money does not make us happy. Employing research from complexity theory, Shermer shows how evolution and economics are both examples of a larger phenomenon of complex adaptive systems. Along the way, Shermer answers such provocative questions as: Do our tribal roots mean that we will always be a sucker for brands? How is the biochemical joy of sex similar to the rewards of business cooperation? How can nations increase trust within and between their borders? Finally, Shermer considers the consequences of globalization and what will happen if nations allow free trade across their borders.

This event took place January 29, 2008 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

For more information about Michael Shermer, visit:
Comment by Reggie on February 5, 2010 at 12:43pm
That poor guy. I wonder what he or she thinks when they Google their name in English?
Comment by Henry Ruddle on January 24, 2010 at 2:06am
@Philip -- Thanks for the thoughtful analysis. I definitely agree that skepticism ought to be taught from early on. Among my kid's bedtime stories are books like Dan Barker's Maybe Yes Maybe No. However, I have to be careful not to connect skepticism with atheism because my wife is a devout Christian and my kids do not need to feel the pressure of divided loyalties. I certainly hope for a more rational world in the future, but the one we have right now is filled with people who believe nonsense, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. So when someone believes nonsense but it makes them do good, I chalk that up as a mildly positive thing.
Comment by Reggie on January 24, 2010 at 12:19am
Good call, Philip.
Comment by Reggie on December 27, 2009 at 11:38pm
The wheels have yet to hit the ground in this group, but once they do, I suspect it to be interesting! I look forward to unlearning what my public education taught me!
Comment by Shamar Hawkins on November 22, 2009 at 5:51pm
The Earth is Flat! And Other False Beliefs Based on Dogma and Pseudoscience that Stress the Need for Critical Thinking
Comment by Henry Ruddle on October 22, 2009 at 7:19pm
Chiropractic is a great example of where my conflict over "nonoverlapping magisteria" comes into play. What do you say to someone who swears by it? What about when someone pushes it on you? Normally I demur, "no thanks," or "it's not for me." and that usually ends it. But naturally if I give them my opinion that chiropractic is a load of BS similar to homeopathy, they will have two comebacks: "It works for me." and "Where did you get such bad information?" If I don't have my citations ready (and even if I do), the discussion will end there anyway.
Comment by Cara Coleen on October 22, 2009 at 5:31pm
Everyone should subscribe to and receive their weekly e-newsletter. Today, I got an email from them highlighting the risk of chiropractic practices; I posted a blog featuring the article. I think these newsletters would be great for discussions here!

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