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Coronavirus, conspiracy, challenges and compassion

Our new editor Michael Marshall talks about the challenge of countering coronavirus misinformation and conspriacy theory, and why compassion is such an important aspect of skepticism.

Skeptic at large: A New Era

Former editor and founder of The Skeptic, Wendy Grossman, talks about the past, present and future of skepticism

Constructing Knowledge

I first learned to be a skeptic in high school. Pause. Modify. I think I was always naturally a skeptic - or, as my...

Do Lawbots Dream of Electric Briefs?

Summer holidays are a great excuse to dodge deadlines and this year was no exception. When I should have been penning this column I...

Spreading Fake News

J K ROWLING RECENTLY apologised for a tweet in which she had criticised Donald Trump for apparently deliberately ignoring a disabled child’s attempts to...

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...

Can You Catch Morgellons from the Internet?

Natasha Byrne investigates the role of a very modern medium in the proliferation of a very modern condition It’s enough to make your skin crawl:...

Science Supports Circumcision, So Should Skeptics

Brian Morris Ph.D Skeptics are generally considered to be intelligent individuals who base their views on hard science, not the misinformation perpetrated by fringe groups...

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Conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers and alt-med quackery put our pets in harm’s way

Vet Danny Chambers highlights how the aggressive promotion of alternative therapies to prevent and treat animal diseases has become widespread.

‘Mask Mouth’: A real dental phenomenon, or merely a confection?

Dentist Shaun Sellars looks at recent reports of facemasks causing a new dental phenomenon known as 'mask mouth'.

The Ockham Awards 2020: recognising the best in skepticism, and the worst in pseudoscience

Nominations for the 2020 Ockham Awards are now open, with our annual award for Skeptical Activism and our Rusty Razor award for pseudoscience.

Don’t believe what you think!

What follows is a slightly modified and abbreviated version of the introduction to Professor Edzard Ernst's recently published book, Don't Believe What...

Ethics for Skeptics: why compassion and reason go hand in hand

Philosophy lecturer Aaron Rabinowitz outlines the ethical core of skepticism, and explains why a compassionate understanding of morality must underpin the skeptical worldview.
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