Insight. The Fifth Horseman: The Insights of Victor Stenger (1935–2014) Victor J.
Stenger was a particle physicist, philosopher, author, skeptic, and friend. I first came across his name shortly after we founded Skeptic magazine in 1992 when I read his 1990 book Physics and Psychics: The Search for a World Beyond the Senses (Prometheus Books), for which “psychic” Uri Geller sued (the case was dismissed and Geller was ordered to pay legal fees of nearly $50,000). Stenger’s 1995 book, The Unconscious Quantum: Metaphysics in Modern Physics and Cosmology, was especially helpful to us as we dealt with the burgeoning interest in the topic of quantum consciousness and the New Age fascination with the field as a way of using one of the most well-developed and thoroughly tested fields in all of science to prop up supernatural and paranormal beliefs with sciency sounding terms (the very definition of pseudoscience).
Dr. “Proof of Heaven”? Dr. What is organized skepticism good for, and does it matter? Hello! Sandwalk. Skeptical Science. The Panda's Thumb. Godzilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. Real Clear Science. Debunking Denialism. Skepticism Advert: The New Miracle Life-Cure! The Sceptics' Book of Pooh-Pooh. Skeptoid. InFact with Brian Dunning. Truth Hurts.tv. A skeptic and a believer take some tumbles for science while discovering the truth behind something you probably believe in.
In this pilot episode, Brian & Shira test binaural beats, audio files that claim to scientifically affect your brain waves and induce a desired mental state, like a digital drug. Does being on a digital drug affect your performance at the amusement park as much as the real thing? One of them will discover that Truth Hurts. Doubtful News: Can you really believe this stuff? James Randi Educational Foundation. Some people see human tragedies as a time for empathy, sympathy, or charity.
Then there are those who see it as an opportunity. It didn’t take long after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, for Uri Geller to take to the airwaves and claim that he was asked to help in the search for the plane. There should be nothing surprising about this. The most dangerous place on planet earth might be trying to stand between Uri Geller and a TV camera.
What is perhaps surprising is how many people believe his claim. I don’t. Occam’s Razor – a useful tool in critical thinking, and one frequently helpful in dealing with the likes of Mr. Applying this to Mr. “I have been asked by a substantial figure in Malaysia who I know…” Consequence - True Stories About False Things. Consequence is a biweekly podcast from the James Randi Educational Foundation.
Each episode, regular people share their personal narratives about the negative impact a belief in pseudoscience, superstition, and the paranormal has had on their lives. From the thrilling to the uplifting, Consequence brings you true stories about false things. Episode 4: David McCarthy vs Ramtha's School of Enlightenment Channeler J.Z. Knight claims to be a conduit for the spirit of an ancient warrior named Ramtha. Randi Foundation. Project Alpha. Project Alpha was an elaborate hoax that began in 1979 and ended with its disclosure in 1981.
It was orchestrated by the stage magician and skeptic James Randi. It involved planting two fake psychics, Steve Shaw (now better known as Banachek) and Michael Edwards, into a paranormal research project. During the initial stages of the investigation, the researchers came to believe that the pair's psychic powers were real.
However, more formal experiments, as well as criticism from both the parapsychology community and Randi himself, led them to dismiss their initial trust. The hoax was later revealed publicly. Following Project Alpha, Randi went on to use variations of the technique on several other occasions. Peter Phillips' experiments In 1979, James S. Throughout the early phases of the project, many people claiming to have psychic powers presented themselves to the lab. Steve Shaw and Michael Edwards Revelation and aftermath Project Alpha. The Skeptical Inquirer Summer 1983 The Project Alpha Experiment: Part one.
The First Two Years What would happen if two young Conjurors posing as psychics were introduced into a well-funded university parapsychology laboratory? Generous funding doesn’t make scientists smart . . . Nor are they able to detect trickery without help. League of Reason. Improbable Research. Retraction Watch. CSI. The Debunker's Domain. Skeptic North. The Skeptic's Dictionary. Skepticblog. Don't Get Fooled Again. Science, Reason and Critical Thinking. Reality Is My Religion. Skeptic. Skeptophilia. The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe. Skepchick. Teen Skepchick. The Skeptiseum.