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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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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 Greg Leavitt on July 20, 2011 at 12:36pm

Yeah, Phil's "Bad Astronomy" originally referred to astrologers and dolts who used astronomy to back up their 2012 apocalypse or ~whatever~.

Comment by Hannah King on July 20, 2011 at 12:11pm

Greg and Nelson - thanks guys :) That Meta horoscope thing is awesome - and I didn't realise Phil Plait had done Astrology debunking - thanks :)

Comment by Greg Leavitt on July 20, 2011 at 12:00pm

Hannah,

Check out Phil Plait's old blog, "Bad Astronomy".  I think there's a link to it on his current Discovery Channel blog. 

Comment by Hannah King on July 20, 2011 at 10:30am
I'm writing an article of sorts about Astrology (and why it's bollocks) for my blog - anyone got any good links on the history or links to research?
Comment by Fouridine Ang on January 15, 2011 at 7:33am

Montage of famous skeptics debunking Astrology...

Comment by bocakiki on December 23, 2010 at 7:28pm

 

Snake Oil!!!!!

Comment by Sydni Moser on December 5, 2010 at 2:58pm
Carol Tavris on Everybody Making Mistakes, Except Us...

Guest, Carol Tavris discusses her book (co-authored with Elliot Aronson) "Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts." In it they describe how our powerful cognitive dissonance engine of self-justification gives us the incredible ability to rationalize events and beliefs so that we always end up being better than average at being right. Also, how we are forced into these rationalizations by our absolute need to somehow square our most dearly held opinions of ourselves with the nasty tendency of some facts to contradict them.

Carol Tavris is a social psychologist who has tought at UCLA. She has written for many publications, including the NY Times and the LA Times. She is the author of a number of books, including "The Mismeasure of Women" and the recently re-released, "Psychobabble and Biobunk."

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Comment by Matt Peters on November 30, 2010 at 3:19pm
Yes... "frequencies." What kind of frequencies? "Uh... frequencies."
Comment by Henry Ruddle on November 9, 2010 at 7:15pm
Richard Saunders and his Skeptic Zone crew have been going after Power Bands for some time now. I've never seen them, so I thought they were an Australian thing until he mentioned buying a bunch when he came to Atlanta for DragonCon. It's obvious that anyone selling Power Bands has to know that it is a fraud because of the way they demonstrate the effect. Why aren't the state attorneys general going after these guys?
Comment by Adrian on October 7, 2010 at 11:04am
@ Fred. The comment about contrarianism and conspiracy theories was NOT aimed at you; it was a general point.

It doesn't surprise me that you can not find sources before those you quote. If you look at the Oxford English Dictionary (the big version) you will find that many words in common use have their first documented citations long after it is known they were in use. It is one thing to use it, another to find documentary evidence. Furthermore, if you go into the meaning of words, you will find that many meant totally different things in the past, and even opposite things, but that does not make their current usage invalid.

Like I said, post this as a discussion, if you wish to continue it, instead of cluttering the comments section.
 

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