Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Current Issues: Flim-Flam

Flim-Flam: 1. Nonsense; humbug. 2. A deception; a swindle.

The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.
-- Miguel De Unamuno

Skeptic Society : For anyone curious about controversial ideas, extraordinary claims, and the promotion of science. Publishers of Skeptic magazine.

Skeptics Dictionary : 482 entries from “abracadabra” to “zombies.”

Skeptical Enquirer : A magazine published by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.

The James Randi Educational Foundation offers one million dollars to anyone able to prove the existence of any paranormal phenomenon.

Join magicians Penn and Teller for Bullshit : their high-octane, weird, wacky, entertaining journey through some bizarre territory that no one else is brave enough to touch.

It's a tough job separating truth from urban legend, but the MythBusters are here to serve. Also check out the fan club for this Discovery Channel program.

No, there really is no meth epidemic. Check out STATS at George Mason University for dubious data awards, and other ways in which the media get things wrong.

Rumor has it Snopes.com is your best reference to urban legends.

Museum of Hoaxes : See the famous Swiss spaghetti trees and the adorable bonsai kittens!!!!!

Junk Science : “all the junk that’s fit to debunk.”

Archaeological/Skeptical Resources, Critiques of cult archaeology, Roman Britain links

Violent video games are unlikely to cause violence! Even PBS says so.

Maybe because Everything Bad is Good for You?

How the supernatural works : explanations from howstuffworks.com.

Quacks and Flacks : Chris Mooney on the pitfalls of seeking a scientific foundation for alternative medicine.

Quackwatch : Your guide to quackery, health fraud, and intelligent decisions.

Get the scoop from the American Cancer Association on which alternative therapies work and which don’t.

The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine (SRAM) : the only peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to objectively analyzing the claims of "alternative medicine."

A physicist publishes a fake paper in a postmodernist journal: The Sokal hoax, with links to other academic hoaxes.

So….. you’d like to question your New Age beliefs?