Skepticism

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.

Rebecca Fox on… Interpretive Drift

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

Donald Rooum (1928 – 2019): Cartoonist, Campaigner and Skeptic

Deborah Hyde remembers the cartoonist, campaigner, skeptic and humanist Donald Rooum, creator of the long-running Sprite strip for The Skeptic.

The development of the Skeptic Movement – Part 2

Claire Klingenberg continues her look back over the history of skepticism around the world, from the adoption of scientific principles in the 1930s to the movement we see today.

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 You Think. Why...

The development of the skeptic movement – part 1

Claire Klingenberg looks back over the history of skepticism around the world, tracing its roots from the oldest skeptical group to the first skeptical celebrity.

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