Ghostbusting the Quantum: The New Age Misuse of Science

The so-called “New Age” is an umbrella term having reference to a body of belief which asserts that a separate holistic reality, fundamentally pervaded by a single cosmic consciousness, lies beyond the material world revealed by science. Ironically, believers in this variety of otherworldliness have claimed a connection between their spirituality and the science of quantum mechanics. As I will […]

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Is Science Making the Case for God? A Response to Eric Metaxas

The Wall Street Journal recently published an online opinion piece with the headline “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God.” In the article, author Eric Metaxas emphasizes the improbability of human beings not only coming into existence, but also becoming aware of our existence and of the universe in which we find ourselves. According to Metaxas, the odds against the […]

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The Elusive Giants of Ancient Arkansas

In a recent news headline written for Fort Smith, Arkansas’ 5 News Online, reporter Aubry Killion credulously declares, “Diver Finds Evidence Showing Giants Lived in Arkansas.” The headline is as sensational as it is factually incorrect. The diver in question, Mike Young of Fort Smith, did not actually find any evidence corroborating his extraordinary claim that giants once lived in […]

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Humanoid on the Moon?

The mainstream news media offers countless reminders of how susceptible we humans are to pareidolia, the phenomenon of seeing things which are not really there. Headlines are written primarily to capture people’s attention and fascination. When somebody thinks they have spotted something extraordinary, news writers and editors know that careful investigation and proper attention to details can kill a good […]

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On Deepak Chopra’s Absurd Challenge to Skeptics

Scientifically-informed questioners and doubters who are not easily taken in by extraordinary and unverifiable spiritual claims are clearly getting under the skin of Deepak Chopra. The man has issued a challenge to James Randi and his “so-called militant atheist friends” (whom he also refers to as Randi’s “cronies”) in a recent YouTube video. Chopra, the popular New Age guru and […]

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Astronomy and Christian Superstition: A Review of John Hagee’s “Four Blood Moons”

“. . . to attempt to interpret [the Bible] so that it becomes a plan for the entire future of humanity is a deceptive snare for the unwary. It is always presumptuous of us to read our own times into earlier documents, which express other political, religious, or social interests, or to believe that what is happening now or is […]

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There Is No Martian Beacon

The art of hunting for anomalies in the thousands of photos released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and then declaring any such supposed anomaly to be indicative of alien intelligence or UFOs has become a cottage industry enjoyed by people with far too much time on their hands. Such anomaly-hunting is premised on the easily-refutable notion, arrived […]

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