Category Archives: Superstition

Guest Post: The Fascinating World of Ghosthunting

This is a guest post written by Niels Böge Nothdurft from Denmark. Long before I learned about critical thinking and became a skeptic I was fascinated by all kinds of what I would call woo today. That fascination hasn’t stopped, … Continue reading

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Rock ‘n’ Reverse: Skeptical Lessons from the Backward Masking Scare

“Just ‘cause you feel it, doesn’t mean it’s there.” ~ Radiohead, “There There” In the campy 1986 horror film Trick or Treat, directed by Michael Martin Smith and written by Rhet Topham, a devil-worshiping rock star named Sammi Curr meets … Continue reading

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Why the Devil Has the Best Tunes: Rock Music, Satanism, and Religious Fear

They say I worship the Devil / They must be stupid or blind / I’m just a rock ‘n’ roll rebel. ~ Ozzy Osbourne [1] In the summer of 1990, heavy rock music went on trial for murder. Five years before, … Continue reading

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No, Memory is Not Magic

In a recent article posted on Evolution News and Views, the misleadingly-titled blog of the Discovery Institute (an anti-evolution think tank of the Intelligent Design movement), we find a neurosurgeon actually putting forth the bizarre and demonstrably false claim that … Continue reading

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On Deepak Chopra’s Absurd Challenge to Skeptics

Scientifically-informed questioners and doubters who are not easily taken in by extraordinary and unverifiable spiritual claims are clearly getting under the skin of Deepak Chopra. The man has issued a challenge to James Randi and his “so-called militant atheist friends” … Continue reading

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Astronomy and Christian Superstition: A Review of John Hagee’s “Four Blood Moons”

“. . . to attempt to interpret [the Bible] so that it becomes a plan for the entire future of humanity is a deceptive snare for the unwary. It is always presumptuous of us to read our own times into … Continue reading

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Water Witching in California

A severe drought is currently ravaging California’s farms, and pseudoscience is winning the day among the most desperate of the state’s farmers, who are turning in desperation to a very old form of superstition as a means of finding water. … Continue reading

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