Skepticism

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The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles
Article
1997
Principles of secular humanism.
Am I An Atheist Or An Agnostic?
Russell, Bertrand
Article
Conspiracies or Institutions: 9-11 and Beyond
Shalom, Stephen R.; Albert, Michael
Article
2002
Why and how does much (but not all) conspiracy theorizing create a tendency for people to depart from rational analysis?
Dear "Skeptics," Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More: A science journalist takes a skeptical look at capital-S Skepticism
Horgan, John
Article
2016
So I'm a skeptic, but with a small S, not capital S. I don’t belong to skeptical societies. I don’t hang out with people who self-identify as capital-S Skeptics. Or Atheists. Or Rationalists. When peo...
9-11 Loose Change Second Edition Viewer Guide
Roberts, Mark
Article
Debunking 9/11 conspiracy theories.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 1, 2017: April 1 issue
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Other Voices always strives to present you with alternative views on important topics. This issue offers some really alternative perspectives and even some "alternative facts." As always, read critica...
Panoply of the Absurd
Article
2006
Conspiracy theorists are filling bestsellers with their supposed evidence about September 11.
Post 9/11 Conspiracism
Article
2006
The tendency to explain all major world events as primarily the product of a secret conspiracy is called conspiracism. The antidote to conspiracism is Power Structure Research.
Scientific skepticism: Connexipedia Article
Article
A practical, epistemological position in which one questions the veracity of claims lacking empirical evidence.
A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense: Find Your Inner Chomsky
Baillargeon, Normand
Book
2005
What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through everyday spin and jargon -- from politics to advertising, from...
The Skeptic's Dictionary
Website
A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions.
Skeptical Inquirer: The Magazine for Science and Reason - Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Encourages the critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and disseminates factual information about the results of such inquiries to t...
The Truth About the "9/11 Truth Movement"
Article
2006
A rebuttal of some of the claims made by 9/11 conspiracy theorists.
The Uses of Literacy
Hoggart, Richard
Book
1957
In this partly autobiographical book Hoggart observes the loss of an authentic popular culture and denounces the imposition of mass culture by the culture industries.
When 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Go Bad
Corn, David
Article
2002
Aren't these conspiracy theories too silly to address? That should be the case. But, sadly, they do attract people.

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James Randi Educational Foundation
An educational resource on the paranormal, parascientific and the supernatural.

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Connexions
Connexions compiles and disseminates information about social and economic alternatives. Established in 1975 as an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse, Connexions compiles and publishes a var...
Ulli Diemer
Comment and analysis from a libertarian perspective on topics such as censorship and freedom of speech, political correctness, double standards, identity politics, post-modernism, media bias, atheism, secularism, and archives and ...

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Bridging the Chasm Between Two Cultures
McLaren, Karla
2004
A full-on clash of cultures makes communication extremely difficult between the skeptical community and the metaphysical/new age community.
Conspiracy Theories and Paranoia: Note from a Mind-Control Conference
Harrington, Evan
1996
The debate over "recovered" and "false" memories continues to be one of the most contentious issues in the field of psychology today. The debate is extremely polarized with very little amicable commun...
The High Cost of Skepticism
What happened to two scientists who believed that tenure and First Amendment would protect their rights to free inquiry
Tavris, Carol
2002
Here’s what happened to two scientists who believed that tenure and the First Amendment would protect their rights to free inquiry.
Judging Authority
Lipps, Jere
2004
We are often required to accept the word of another person, but how can we best judge whether or not that person is a legitimate authority?
Massive Uncritical Publicity for Supposed "Independent UFO Investigation"
Demonstrates Media Gullibility Once Again
Sheaffer, Robert
1998
On Monday, June 19, 1998, all of the major media outlets were suddenly filled with accounts proclaiming that an independent panel of scientists had taken a fresh look at the UFO question, and had conc...
Media Watch: When the Media Tell Half the Story
Emery, E. Eugene Jr.
1997
Twenty-eight years after Chariots of the Gods? author Eric von Däniken brought pseudoscience to new lows by suggesting that our ancestors were too stupid to create the pyramids, Stonehenge, and other ...
Pranks, Frauds, and Hoaxes from Around the World
Carroll, Robert
2004
It's pretty easy to hoax people. We all want to be deceived, but only up to a point. Some hoaxes are fun and pleasant, others malicious and unpleasant. We'd like a way to tell the difference.
The Skeptic's Dictionary
A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerious Delusions
Caroll, Robert
2003
Towers of Deception
The Media Cover-Up of 9/11
Zwicker, Barrie
2006
Why Bad Beliefs Don't Die
Lester, George W.
2000
Because beliefs are designed to enhance our ability to survive, they are biologically designed to be strongly resistant to change. To change beliefs, skeptics must address the brain's "survival" issue...

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James Randi Educational Foundation WWW site
Website
An educational resource on the paranormal, parascientific and the supernatural.
9/11: Debunking The Myths
Article
2005
Popular Mechanics special report on September 11 conspiracy theories.
911Myths
Website
Skeptical analysis of conspiracy theories about September 11, 2001.
Quackwatch
Website
Purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Includes links to other i...
Screw Loose Change Video
Website
This is a counter-video of the famous "Loose Change 2nd Edition". Using their own video and words, "Screw Loose Change" debunks the theories and statements made in Loose Change 2nd Edition.