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Deceit and Self-Deception: Fooling Yourself the Better to Fool Others – Robert Trivers

  Allen Lane, ISBN 978-0-713-99826-9 The title is enough to attract any skeptic, and the author’s name should be added bait for anyone familiar with advances...

The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case Against Life After Death – Michael Martin and Keith Augustine

  Rowman & Littlefield ISBN: 9780810886773 This is a substantial compendium of papers - running to some 650 pages - examining the distinctly insubstantial thesis that we...

Are Dolphins Really Smart? The mammal behind the myth – Justin Gregg

  OUP ISBN 978-0-19-968156-3 Skeptics' interest in marine biology may often not extend much beyond imaginary sea monsters, but dolphins are of course iconic beings for New...

Origins: the scientific story of creation – Jim Baggott

OUP ISBN: 9780198707646 This is a fasten-your-seat-belt ride all the way from the Planck Epoch to the dawning of consciousness, the consciousness that the world has...

The Shattered Self: The End of Natural Evolution

The Shattered Self: The End of Natural Evolution by Pierre Baldi MIT Press, ISBN 0262025027 This is an excellent survey of contemporary trends in molecular biology and...

Mapping the Mind

Mapping The Mind by Rita Carter Phoenix, ISBN 0735810190 This beautiful book can be unreservedly recommended to anyone who wants a non-technical guide to brain research. It...

A Devil’s Chaplain (Selected essays)

A Devil's Chaplain: Selected Writings by Richard Dawkins Weidenfeld and Nicholson, £16.99, ISBN 0297829734 Dawkins has done so much to promote the scientific and sceptical outlook that...

Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society

Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion and the Nature of Society by David Sloan Wilson Chicago University Press, ISBN 0-226-90134-3 Wilson argues that the social phenomenon of religion can...

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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.

Behind the Bastards, with Robert Evans

This twice-weekly podcast, running since 2018, looks at some of the worst people in history. As you might imagine from the title,...

‘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...
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