Channel 4's archaeology show Time Team's quiet destruction of a would-be hoaxer was a glorious illustration of the power of calm, patient expertise

The COVID-19 Vaccines are a sign for cautious optimism – but it is still early days

Three COVID-19 Vaccines have shown some very promising results, and we should rightly feel optimistic, but we aren't at the finish line yet

How Religion Trumped Science in America’s Coronavirus Response

There's a lot of blame to be apportioned when it comes to America's Coronavirus response - and religion needs to take its share

Real in What Sense? Consensually torturing skeptics over the nature of ‘realness’

Even a skeptic's sense of what is real can be less black and white than we think - and can lead to some surprisingly uncomfortable analysis

Featured

French Scientist Didier Raoult Given Rusty Razor Award For Pseudoscience

French microbiologist Didier Raoult has been given the 2020 Rusty Razor for his promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment.

From scam product ads to conspiracy theories, misinformation always adapts to survive

The techniques developed by affiliate marketers to spread scam products mirrors the way in which conspiracy theories nimbly adapt to spread misinformation

Society

Time Team’s archaeologists showed us how experts can ruthlessly unpick a hoax

Channel 4's archaeology show Time Team's quiet destruction of a would-be hoaxer was a glorious illustration of the power of calm, patient expertise

How Religion Trumped Science in America’s Coronavirus Response

There's a lot of blame to be apportioned when it comes to America's Coronavirus response - and religion needs to take its share

Paranormal

Captured by Aliens? A History and Analysis of American Abduction Claims, by Nigel Watson

'Captured by Aliens?' is an excellent introduction to alleged alien contact, but misses the opportunity to update on previous editions

Ghosts, curses and werewolves: archaeologists see human belief up close

Dealing with human remains teaches us we don't have to share somebody's belief to respect them - as long as those beliefs aren't causing harm

The Witch’s Itch: Possible explanations for the symptoms of the Salem ‘victims’

While much has been written about those accused of witchcraft in Salem, a modern understanding of psychology can shed light on the reports of their alleged 'victims'

Has the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increase in ghostly encounters?

With pandemic-related anxiety and stress causing an increase in experience of sleep paralysis, we may well see an uptick in paranormal belief.

Fairies Dancing in a Ring

This image of fairies dancing in a ring comes dates from around 1600 and was in its original form a woodcut, before appearing in an issue of The Strand magazine in 1892.

Four Perspectives On Peer Review: why it goes wrong, and why we need to fix it

The peer review process is vital, but it is riddled with errors and issues; the quality of future science depends on trying to improve it

Sean Ellis 1966 – 2020

Sean Ellis, skeptical activist, has passed-away after a short illness. The Skeptic remembers the life of a much-loved skeptic.

It’s easier to decry ‘kids today’ than it is to look honestly at the world we’ve made

It's always been fashionable to blame younger generations for society's ills... especially when doing so lets the rest of us off the hook

Dr Natália Pasternak wins Skeptical Activism Ockham award; Skeptics in the Pub Online wins Editor’s Choice

Dr Natalia Pasternak has received the 2020 Ockham Award for skeptical activism, and Skeptics in the Pub Online receive the Editor's Choice award

French Scientist Didier Raoult Given Rusty Razor Award For Pseudoscience

French microbiologist Didier Raoult has been given the 2020 Rusty Razor for his promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment.

From scam product ads to conspiracy theories, misinformation always adapts to survive

The techniques developed by affiliate marketers to spread scam products mirrors the way in which conspiracy theories nimbly adapt to spread misinformation

Alternative Medicine

Therapy on tap: Thought Field Therapy offers superficial solutions to deep disturbances

Proponents claim remarkable results from Thought Field Therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique, but the evidence tells a different stor

One small step at a time, the alternative medicine industry is radicalising people

The alternative medicine industry has built up an ecosystem that efficiently radicalises its devotees into extreme positions

Our manifesto against pseudoscience in health challenges alt-med at a global level

Pseudoscience is a global phenomenon - if we want to protect the public in our individual countries, it will take global action.

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Science

Four Perspectives On Peer Review: why it goes wrong, and why we need to fix it

The peer review process is vital, but it is riddled with errors and issues; the quality of future science depends on trying to improve it

Comedians can help us see the funny side of a world governed by blind chance

Scientists recognise that the world is governed by blind chance - a view embraced by comedians. Sean B. Carroll asks Eric Idle why that is.