Heaven is for Suckers: A Review of Todd Burpo’s “Heaven is for Real”

“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” ~ […]

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The Mystery of Flight 370: A Skeptic’s Perspective

On March 8, 2014, a Malaysian airline’s Boeing 777 passenger aircraft suddenly disappeared from air traffic radar screens while on a midnight flight outbound from Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members and was bound for Beijing, China when it seemingly vanished into thin air. The last radio contact air traffic controllers […]

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Water Witching in California

A severe drought is currently ravaging California’s farms, and pseudoscience is winning the day among the most desperate of the state’s farmers, who are turning in desperation to a very old form of superstition as a means of finding water. They are seeking aid from dowsers. The U.S. Drought Monitor’s website monitors drought conditions throughout the United States using an […]

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Dowsing for Disease

If sensational news reports hailing from Egypt are to be believed, the Egyptian army is on the brink of eliminating AIDS. The Egyptian government issued a press release last week proclaiming, “Armed Forces achieve scientific breakthrough.” The press release reads as follows: President Adly Mansour and Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi inaugurated the first college of medicine that is affiliated […]

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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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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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Edward Snowden and the Alien Conspiracy

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who famously disclosed top secret NSA documents to several media outlets early in 2013, has reportedly revealed much more than the United States government’s mass surveillance of the public. Stories are circulating that he has also revealed an alien conspiracy. According to a sensational report published on January 12, 2014 by an […]

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