Vandals for Pseudoscience

Some people believe that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were bequeathed to them by extraterrestrial beings who were welcomed as gods at the time. As evidence of this extraordinary claim, such believers cite artifacts and monuments they say were left behind by these extraterrestrials, such as Stonehenge in Britain, the humanoid Moai statues of Easter Island, and […]

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The Babylonian Ark Tablet: A Thorn in the Side of Biblical Literalists

The biblical story of Noah’s Ark has been in the news for the past few months, mostly because of the highly-publicized efforts of the young-earth creationist organization Answers in Genesis and its CEO Ken Ham to build a full-scale replica of the fabled boat in what has become a financially doomed project called the Ark Encounter. Ancient flood myths have […]

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Americans’ Belief in Astrology Persists and Grows

Author and science journalist Chris Mooney recently wrote a very revealing article for Mother Jones in which he showcases the latest analysis of the unsettling extent to which Americans misunderstand science and embrace pseudoscience. Mooney reports on a new survey compiled from a variety of sources by the National Science Foundation, which has found that nearly half of all Americans […]

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Demythologizing the Giant Stone Boxes of Egypt

The belief that otherworldly beings with intelligences superior to that of humans were responsible for designing and constructing great works of architecture in the distant past is one of the most persistent and common forms of the argument from Personal Incredulity. Such beliefs are symptomatic of a cynical view of humans as incapable of amazing architectural feats. This cynicism in […]

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