In celebration of the career of James Randi, The Skeptic's editors and supporters share their memories of the quintessential skeptical icon.

From the outset, chiropractors have held anti-vax views – sadly, not much has changed

Despite overwhelming evidence vaccines work, many chiropractors focus unduly on the risks, and refuse to recommend them to patients

What James Randi meant to me: Chris French reflects on the passing of The Amazing Randi

Professor Chris French marks the passing of James Randi with a lookback at the influence Randi had on his life and career.

But His Emails! Trump’s relentless emails remind me of my psychic penpal, Peter Popoff

The President of the United States takes a leaf out of the prosperity gospel playbook to dupe his supporters into giving him money

Featured

What James Randi meant to me: Chris French reflects on the passing of The Amazing Randi

Professor Chris French marks the passing of James Randi with a lookback at the influence Randi had on his life and career.

The Curse of Monster Island: a four year experiment in unmoderated free speech

A forum for unmoderated free speech quickly became a place to showcase the worst aspects of human nature, with grim consequences.

Society

Farewell, James Randi: The Skeptic remembers an icon of critical thinking

In celebration of the career of James Randi, The Skeptic's editors and supporters share their memories of the quintessential skeptical icon.

What James Randi meant to me: Chris French reflects on the passing of The Amazing Randi

Professor Chris French marks the passing of James Randi with a lookback at the influence Randi had on his life and career.

Paranormal

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.

The Atacama mummy: putting together the pieces of an “Archaeology bombshell”

While the Daily Express recently declared mummified remains found in the Atacama Desert to be an "Archaeology bombshell", Archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity offers an alternate explanation.

Electrician Sheds Light on Viral Birmingham Ghost Mystery

Hayley Stevens explains how the recent ghost captured on a Birmingham CCTV camera may have a far more mundane explanation.

Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft

Deborah Hyde reports from the Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford.

Institute of Biomedical Science falls for the Traditional Chinese Medicine hype

The September issue of Biomedical Scientist magazine ignores the real story in their rose-tinted history of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Facebook’s efforts to curb QAnon and anti-vax conspiracies are too little, and much too late

Facebook's bans on anti-vax adverts and QAnon groups fail to deal with how misinformation really spreads on their platform

No, the COVID-19 app does not share your data with the police

Claims that the official COVID-19 app shares information with the police are simply unfounded, and only undermine test and trace efforts.

Rebecca Fox on… Interpretative Drift

Interpretive Drift is a term used by cultural anthropologists to describe how people come to their beliefs - often without conscious deliberation.

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.

The Curse of Monster Island: a four year experiment in unmoderated free speech

A forum for unmoderated free speech quickly became a place to showcase the worst aspects of human nature, with grim consequences.

Alternative Medicine

From the outset, chiropractors have held anti-vax views – sadly, not much has changed

Despite overwhelming evidence vaccines work, many chiropractors focus unduly on the risks, and refuse to recommend them to patients

Institute of Biomedical Science falls for the Traditional Chinese Medicine hype

The September issue of Biomedical Scientist magazine ignores the real story in their rose-tinted history of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Rectal ozone therapy: Brazil’s latest COVID-19 pseudoscience

Brazil's rectal ozone therapy may sound ridiculous, but the reach of the pseudoscience movement is no joke

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Science

Are digital pregnancy tests simply taking the pee?

Digital pregnancy tests might look like another example of expensive e-waste, but we should look more carefully about their use and accessibility before we rush to condemn.

(False) Memories of Childhood

On 5 October 2017, I, along with four other memory researchers, read out an essay on memory in front of an audience at the...