orange Meditation Foldable Single Lounge Chair Floor Seating Lazy Couch Chair,Multi-color Optional (color Green) Chair, Household urwrib8024-Folding Chairs

Fruit Green Chassis 41cm Bar High Foot Stool Modern Simple Metal Leather Seat redate Chair Lift Cafe Counter Restaurant Leisure Household 0527A (color Dark Green, Size Chassis 38.5cm)
A 120X160cm JIAJUAN Doormat Entryway Soft Absorbent Floor Mat Large Indoor Outdoor Door Mats Rubber shoes Scraper Rug, 4 Styles, 10 Sizes (color D, Size 100x140cm)
TRINITY 4-Tier NSF Wire Shelving Rack, 36 by 14 by 54-Inch, Bronze

Skeptics Society News and Site Highlights

Watch Science Salon Free Right Here

Shermer Speaks Out

Skeptic Presents

Follow Michael Shermer on Twitter

Latest eSkeptics

JIANFEI Home Floor Standing Coat Rack Clothes Hat Tree Stand Hanger Tree Twigs Shape Solid Wood 8 Hooks 4 Legs, 4 colors, 40 173CM (color Watermelon red) Flower Stand - Bamboo and Rattan Windmill Floor Plant Flower Pot Display Stand, Multi-Layer Balcony Living Room Multi-Function Rack, Storage Rack (Size 2 Tier)

eSkeptic delivers great articles, videos, podcasts, reviews, op-eds, event announcements, and more to your inbox.

eSkeptic for May 22, 2019

In Science Salon # 67, Atheist Overreach, Christian Smith explains why we ought to be skeptical of the increasingly vociferous and confident claims of atheist apologists about morality, science, and human nature; PLUS Harriet Hall, M.D. examines the dubious claims of radiation hormesis — that low levels of radiation are beneficial to health.

eSkeptic for May 15, 2019

British philosopher Dr. Colin McGinn avers that it is wrong to say that God is by definition all powerful; he is only powerful within the limits of his nature.

eSkeptic for May 8, 2019

In a special edition of the Science Salon Podcast Dr. Shermer brought a camera crew to Jared Diamond’s home in Los Angeles for an especially intimate portrait of the man and his theories. You won’t want to miss this conversation, one of the best we’ve yet recorded, with one of the most interesting minds of our time, perhaps of all time.

eSkeptic for May 1, 2019

VeriSign founder David Cowan avers that science is the key to combatting the spread of disinformation; PLUS, evolutionary anthropologist Michael Tomasello presents his new theory of how humans became such a distinctive species.

eSkeptic for April 24, 2019

In Science Salon # 63, through the lens of evolutionary science, Dr. Hector A. Garcia offers a novel perspective on why we hold our political ideas, and why they are so often in conflict. Drawing on examples from across the animal kingdom, Garcia reveals how even the most complex political processes can be influenced by our basic drives to survive and reproduce.

latest additions to
the reading room

Zamtac 2019 New Home Decor Desk decoracion hogar nordico dekoracje domu Ceramic Crafts Europe Animal Sheep Living Room Accessories Gift - (color Black Medium)

The Reading Room is a comprehensive, free resource of articles relating to science and skepticism.

Is Low-Dose Radiation Good for You? The Questionable Claims for Hormesis

Harriet Hall, M.D. examines the dubious claims of radiation hormesis — that low levels of radiation are beneficial to health.

A Disproof of God’s Existence

British philosopher Dr. Colin McGinn avers that it is wrong to say that God is by definition all powerful; he is only powerful within the limits of his nature.

How Science Will Explain & Fix Fake News

Fake news, crafted to exploit us, wreaks havoc on our health, finances and politics. VeriSign founder David Cowan avers that science is the key to combatting the spread of disinformation.

Debating Science and Lost Civilizations My Experience on the Joe Rogan Experience

After his appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast # 961 with Graham Hancock and Randall Carlson, Michael Shermer devoted a special issue of Skeptic magazine (22.3) to Hancock’s theory that an ancient lost civilization predates by tens of thousands of years all other known ancient civilizations. The follow is Dr. Shermer’s account of the show and a refinement of his notes for why he is skeptical of Hancock’s theory.

American Atlantis

In the new book America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization, author Graham Hancock looks for traces of a lost Ice Age civilization in the Americas. Despite relying on controversial research and drawing extreme conclusions, his hunt still comes up short.

Hoaxed!

The breadth of what can be meant by the word “hoax” makes the concept — and consequences — worthy of renewed study. Michelle E. Ainsworth reviews Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young and Hoax: A History of Deception: 5000 Years of Fakes, Forgeries, and Fallacies by Ian Tattersall and Peter Nevraumont.

Gift Set Mats Doormats Indoor Mats Bedroom,Kitchen,Hall,Bathroom,Water-Absorbing Mats Bathroom Anti-Slip Mats-D 50x80cm(20x31inch)

The Science Salon Podcast is a series of conversations between Dr. Michael Shermer and leading scientists, scholars, and thinkers, about the most important issues of our time. Listen via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, BedShelfie Plus The Original Bedside Shelf - 9 colors - 2 Sizes - AS SEEN ON Business Insider (Plus Size, Natural Bamboo), iHeartRadio, Furniture feet - Metal Adjustable Round Support feet, Cabinet Sofa Coffee Table feet, and Best Price Mattress 3 Topper Memory Foam Mattress with Cover, Twin.

Dr. Christian Smith — Atheist Overreach: What Atheism Can’t Deliver

In Science Salon # 67, Atheist Overreach, Christian Smith explains why we ought to be skeptical of the increasingly vociferous and confident claims of atheist apologists about morality, science, and human nature.

Dr. Christian List — Why Free Will is Real: A response to Sam Harris, Jerry Coyne, and Other Determinists

In Science Salon # 66 Dr. Michael Shermer speaks with Dr. Christian List about his new book Why Free Will is Real which defies scientific orthodoxy and presents a bold new defense of free will in the same naturalistic terms that are usually deployed against it.

Jared Diamond — Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

In a special edition of the Science Salon Podcast Dr. Shermer brought a camera crew to Jared Diamond’s home in Los Angeles for an especially intimate portrait of the man and his theories. You won’t want to miss this conversation, one of the best we’ve yet recorded, with one of the most interesting minds of our time, perhaps of all time.

JINGB Home Mermaid Knitted Mermaid Tail, color, 140 70CM (55 27.5 inch) (color Suit, Size 140 70CM)

INSIGHT at Skeptic.com is a broadly accessible, evidence-based resource that offers critical perspective on mysteries of science, paranormal claims, and the wild, woolly, wonderful weirdness of the fringe.

The Skeptical Virtue of Seriously Just Being Quiet

Daniel Loxton reflects on the value of listening in order to first understand paranormal beliefs and then communicate effectively with those who hold them.

Is the Earth Flat?

There is growing conspiracy theory belief that the Earth is not a globe, but a flat disc. According to believers, government forces promote a completely fictitious model of the cosmos in order to conceal the true nature of the Earth. Daniel Loxton examines whether these claims are true.

Astonishing Legends, Questionable Facts

Did a family in Kentucky get drunk and mistake owls for ‘space-goblins’, or was something much more complex going on that hot August night in 1955?

Confessions of a Skeptical Marketer

Guest writer Steve Cuno shares an insider's view on the ethics of advertising in a world full of false claims.

Light pink 150200cm Washable Ice-Sensing Mat Ice Silk Three-Piece Summer Folding 1.5 M 1.8m Bed Air-Conditioned Mat (color Light Purple, Size 180 200cm)

Secrets of the Ouija Board

In this issue of Junior Skeptic we will dim the lights and gather around an object of mystery: the ouija (pronounced “wee-ja” or “wee-gee”). With a little pointer, these simple but spooky devices spell out answers that appear to come from some invisible source. Some people believe ouija boards release secrets from our subconscious minds. Others claim ouija boards harness supernatural forces to predict the future or contact spirits of the dead. Ouija boards have been used to write entire books, and praised as a source of cosmic wisdom. They have also been blamed for madness, mayhem, and murder. Some even fear that ouija boards are gateways for evil demons. Are any of these claims true? Let’s find out!

White TLMY Stylish Creative Bar Stool High Stool Chair (color Yellow)

global warming

How We Know Global Warming is Real and Human Caused

Donald R. Prothero addresses climate change denialism head on, demolishing deniers’ arguments and rebuttals, and clearly demonstrating how we know global warming is real and human caused.

ZHAOYONGLI Footstools,Otools Bentwood Adult Household Thick Fashion Wood Stool A Variety of colors (color Green, Size 30 30cm)

our podcasts

The Skeptics Society proudly presents award-winning podcasts, available on multiple listening platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Soundcloud.

Science Salon

Science Salon is a series of conversations between Dr. Michael Shermer and leading scientists, scholars, and thinkers, about the most important issues of our time.

MonsterTalk

MonsterTalk is the science show about monsters that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures.

Skepticality

Skepticality is the pioneering, original skeptical podcast dedicated to the promotion of critical thinking and science.

Skeptic Presents:
Humour & Skepticism

Skeptic Presents is a series of videos that promote science and critical thinking through the use of humor, wit, and satire. With I 59x30x165cm(23x12x65inch) Multipurpose Bamboo Entryway Coat Rack with Shelf, Premium Coat Stand shoes Rack, with Roller Heavy Duty Hall Home-M 50x40x140cm(20x16x55), we hope to produce these instructional, educational, and entertaining videos regularly throughout the year for free viewing for everyone, everywhere, to spread the message of the power of science and skepticism to make the world a saner, safer place.

Retro Iron Bar Chair, Restaurant High Chair Swivel Chair Bar Chair Creative Dining Chair GMING (color bluee)

Forest2san4940 19.7 x31.5 +19.7 x63 Savannan 2 Piece Non-Slip Kitchen Bathroom Entrance Mat Absorbent Durable Floor Doormat Runner Rug Set - Cherry Blossoms Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America (cover detail)

Engaging the
Anti-vaxxers

Vaccines are one of science’s greatest achievements. Yet, fears and anxieties about immunization persist. In this article, Christian Orlic reviews Mark A. Largent’s new book Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America (2012, John Hopkins University Press, ISBN 978-1421406077).

Pillow Embroidery New Sequins Pillow Animal Model Cat Cat Cushion Backrest Gifts QYSZYG (color Black)

Skeptical Resources Freely Available to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime

The Skeptical Studies Curriculum Resource Center is a comprehensive, free repository of resources for teaching students how to think skeptically. This Center contains an ever-growing selection of books, reading lists, course syllabi, in-class exercises, PowerPoint presentations, student projects, papers, and videos that you may download and use in your own classes.

Savannan 2 Piece Non-Slip Kitchen Bathroom Entrance Mat Absorbent Durable Floor Doormat Runner Rug Set - Wave

We’re pleased to present Daniel Loxton’s challenging and provocative new project, “Why Is There a Skeptical Movement?”. Almost two years in the writing, these two meticulously-researched chapter-length explorations dig deeply into the roots, founding principles, and purpose of scientific skepticism. Arguing that it is essential for skeptics to “appreciate that we’re caretakers for the work of those who have come before,” Loxton carries forward the discussion about the scope and limits of scientific skepticism.

Michael Shermer’s Scientific American Columns

Since April 2001 New York Times bestselling author Michael Shermer has written the “Skeptic” column for Scientific American.

Stein’s Law and Science’s Mission

January 2019: In his 214th consecutive and final ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer reflects on what science brings to the human project.

Kids These Days

In his December 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American Michael Shermer discusses how to avert a looming crisis among today’s youth.

The Fallacy of Excluded Exceptions

In his November 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American Michael Shermer explains the allegedly spooky coincidences associated with some famous films like Poltergeist, The Exorcist, The Omen, and The Crow.

A Mysterious Change of Mind

In his October 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American Michael Shermer considers why suicide is a leading cause of death in the US.

Abortion Facts

In his September 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American Michael Shermer avers that when women are educated and have access to birth-control technologies, pregnancies and, eventually, abortions decrease

23 and We

In his August 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American, Michael Shermer discusses the limitations of personal genome service testing.

Patreon: a new way to support the things skeptic creates

Browse by Topic

  • Tags

    aliens Solid Wood Change shoes Stool Round Upholstered Footstool Footrest Small Seat Foot Rest Chair ( color 1 ) LQQGXLoffice Furniture Iron Small Bookshelf, Retro Industrial Wind Wall Racks Simple Word partition TV Background Wall Decoration (Size 60 20 15cm) 2 BJLWTQ Creative Wooden Desktop Small Bookshelves Filing Rack, File Organizer Shelves Solid Wood Bookcase Office Bedroom Storage Rack (color 5) SHAN-Punch-free suction style bathroom racks tripod brain Carl Sagan Purple LVZAIXI Chair Kitchen Stool Bar Stool Made of Artificial Leather Height Adjustable (color Pink) Artzfolio Red Cat Sitting On Lotus Position of Yoga Key Holder Hooks Notice Pin Board Antique golden Frame 20 X 20Inch Darwin Super Soft Water Absorption Anti-Skid Bathroom Mats Door Mats Pearl Pad (color Beige) evolution evolution and/or creationism God human nature Intelligent Design Sleeping Tatami Mat,Foldable Mattress Thick Pad,Tatami Mattress,Mattress,Student Soft Cushion-b 120x200cm(47x79inch) LUDSUY Bathroom Accessories Black Oil Rubbed Brass 8 Bathroom Shaving Beauty Makeup Magnify Mirror Dual Side Wall Mounted ∕ Bathroom Accessory SUABO 80 x 58 inches Area Rug Non-Slip Floor Mat Paisley Pattern Printed Doormats for Living Room Bedroom paranormal/supernatural/occult physics Black A Mesurn Stylish Front Bar Chair, Pp Plastic Material, Electroplated Footrest, Wear-Resistant Rubber Predection Ring, Lift High Bar Stool Bar High Chair psychology religion review CSQ Creative Coat Rack, Living Room Bedroom Coat Rack Suspension Bamboo Coat Rack Multifunction On The Wall Coat Rack Retro Coat Rack Length 35.5-74CM (Size 8 48.5CM) Wooden Stool Personality Solid Wood Twisted Simple Decorative Pier Home Art Flower Stand Fashion Design Door mat 2 Piece Set, Geometric Umbralla Pattern Doormat Rug,Decorative Felt Floor Mat with Non-Skid Backing,Fit for Indoor,Kitchen,Bedroom (19.7x31.5in+19.7x63in) UFOs Door Matt Indoor Non Slip Hard Wearing Barrier Mat Oval Mats Home Living Room Coffee Mats Bedroom Blankets (Short Hair), Kejing
  • Style Homez Square Floor Cushion XL Size Red color Cover Only

    Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic) by Deanna and Skylar (High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego, CA)

    The Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic)

    For a class project, a pair of 11th grade physics students created the infographic shown below, inspired by Michael Shermer’s European Chair Footstool Stool, Small Bench, Stool, Cloth Stool, Fashion Coffee Table Stool, Dressing Stool (color C): a 16-page booklet designed to hone your critical thinking skills.

    FREE PDF Download

    Top 10 Things to Know About Alternative Medicine

    Harriet Hall M.D. discusses: alternative versus conventional medicine, flu fear mongering, chiropractic, vaccines and autism, placebo effect, diet, homeopathy, acupuncture, “natural remedies,” and detoxification.

    Style05 Diameter 40(inch& xFF09; Geometric,Personalized Floor mats Ornamental Shapes with Half Circles Pattern Abstract Grid Style Illustration D54 Floor Mat Entrance Doormat

    FREE Video Series

    Science Based Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

    Understanding the difference could save your life! In this superb 10-part video lecture series, Harriet Hall M.D., contrasts science-based medicine with so-called “complementary and alternative” methods.

    Bar Chair Chair Lift Household Backrest Reception Chair High Stool Modern Simple Bar Stool ABS 8 colors 1 Size (color F)

    Garden mats pink Door mats Bathroom Water-Absorbing Anti-skidding mat Terrace Kitchen Floor mat Bedside mats-O 60x90cm(24x35inch)

    The Top Ten Strangest Beliefs

    Michael Shermer has compiled a list of the top 10 strangest beliefs that he has encountered in his quarter century as a professional skeptic.

    orange Chair Comfortable Seat Retro Office Reception Desk Chairs Backrest Pack-2 (color orange)

    FREE PDF Download

    Who believes them? Why? How can you tell if they’re true?

    What is a conspiracy theory, why do people believe in them, and can you tell the difference between a true conspiracy and a false one?

    Wall Shelf Living Room Bedroom Shop Wall Hanging Rack American Country color Storage Cabinet Multicolor Wall Decoration Wall Decoration Charm (color Green)

    Top 10 Myths About Evolution (and how we know it really happened)

    If humans came from apes, why aren’t apes evolving into humans? Find out in this pamphlet!

    Foldable Lifting Table, greenical Office Lifting Table, Notebook Office Computer Table, Home Desk, Folding Mobile Table Bracket Table (color Black)

    Learn to be a Psychic in 10 Easy Lessons

    Learn to do Psychic “Cold Reading” in 10
    Easy Lessons

    Psychic readings and fortunetelling are an ancient art — a combination of acting and psychological manipulation.

    Exquisite Salad Bowl Creative Fruit Basket Living Room Fruit Bowl Drain Basket Fruit Storage Basket Swing Stainless Steel Candy Plate (Length 28cm, Width 21cm, Height 15.5cm) Bowls Set

    B 40x60cm(16x24inch) Doormat European Style,doormats Indoor mats Bedroom,The Door,Kitchen,[Hall],Bathroom,[Absorbent],Foot pad Bathroom,Non-Slipping mats-F 180x280cm(71x110inch)

    5 Cryptid Cards

    Download and print 5 Cryptid Cards created by Junior Skeptic Editor Daniel Loxton. Creatures include: The Yeti, Griffin, Sasquatch/Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, and the Cadborosaurus.