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Cheap talk skepticism: why we need to push back against those who are ‘just asking questions’

'Cheap talk' skepticism - coming at little cost to the doubter, but significant cost to others - is undermining genuine skeptical inquiry.

Christmas as we know it is appropriated, co-opted, bastardised… and thoroughly magical

There's plenty to be skeptical about when it comes to the origins of Christmas, but that won't stop me embracing the warmth and magic of it all.

Anti-vaxxers are dangerously wrong, but we should be wary of writing them off as stupid or selfish

If we want to be effective in countering anti-vaxxers, we need to understand their arguments, and why people believe them.

History is written by the victors, and the losers, and by everyone else as well

There is no single 'true' version of history - pretending there is merely props up the status quo, rather than advancing our understanding

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

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

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.

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