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A case of spirits: a look at the history of spirit photography

From the archives, Chris Willis looks back at the long and illustrious history of spirit photography

We Are The Skeptics My Friend

An article by Malcolm Robinson on the Skeptics in the Pub meeting of 20th February 2002.

The Missing Airmen of Charles Fort’s Wild Talents

From the archives, Paul Chambers investigates the bizarre case of the vanishing airmen in Chapter 17 of Charles Fort’s Wild Talents.

Mrs Gaskell’s Elephant: the true story of a hoax

From the archives, Chris Willis writes about a hoax elephant story which fooled several experts on nineteenth-century culture.

Nostradamus and 9/11: picking apart the proposed prophecy

From the archives, David Hambling takes a look at the predictions of Nostradamus in relation to the tragic events that took place in America on September 11th 2001

Religious Beliefs

Volume 14 Number 3, Autumn 2001

Rhyme and Reason

I normally avoid getting involved in discussion of religion in the context of skeptics and skepticism. The main reason for this is that I do not believe that there is necessarily any intrinsic conflict between a belief in one or more deities and a scientific approach concerned essentially with falsifiable phenomena. If someone's religious beliefs have no observable and testable consequences on the universe then, in a sense, they are of no interest to the scientist or the skeptic. Therefore, although I do not possess any myself, I do believe that it is possible to hold religious beliefs and, at the same time, to have a scientific and skeptical worldview. And, indeed, there are many people with religious beliefs that, in the main, do not contradict their rational worldview.

Reinventing the Past: Why rely on orthodox historical study when you can invent your own?

From the archives, Rachel Carthy looks at the burgeoning free-for-all she calls cryptohistory

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