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Deborah Hyde
Deborah Hydehttp://deborahhyde.com/
Deborah Hyde is a folklorist, cultural anthropologist, fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. She writes about superstition, religion and belief and is the former editor-in-chief of The Skeptic.

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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.

Do ghosts exist? If not, why do we see them?

  This is the deceptively simple question I ask at the beginning of every episode of the Haunted podcast. The show features ghost stories that...

Naturopath Suing Skeptic Blogger Britt Hermes

Award-winning skeptic blogger Britt Hermes - who turned her back on naturopathic 'medicine' - is the subject of a lawsuit by Arizona naturopath Colleen...

Werewolves

  A werewolf attacks a man Hans Baldung Grien From Die Emeis (1516) Guest Contributor: Deborah Hyde Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg (1445-1510), the ‘Doctor Keisersperg’ of the caption above,...

RIP Hitch

Anthony Burns ruminates on Hitch’s persistent preoccupations, and wonders aloud about that supposed move from left to right “For a lot of people, their first...

 

A series of articles in The Skeptic examined the relatively common practice of infant male circumcision. Is surgical removal of a child’s foreskin a harmless – or even beneficial – cultural practice, or genital mutilation on an individual who lacks the capacity to consent?

Marianne Baker PhD opened the discussion with male routine infant circumcision (RIC) or genital mutilation (MGM)?

Brian J Morris PhD replied with Science Supports Infant Circumcision, So Should Skeptics

Brian Earp and Robert Darby Ph.D replied with Does Science Support Infant Circumcision?

 

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