Insight. The Problematic Process of Cryptozoologification How did the traditional character of the cannibal ogress Dzunuk’wa come to be claimed by cryptozoologists as a depiction of their hypothesized “Bigfoot” cryptid species?
(Kwakwaka’wakw heraldic pole. Carved in 1953 by Mungo Martin, David Martin, and Mildred Hunt. Thunderbird Park at the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria. Photograph by Daniel Loxton) Much of my skeptical research traces the historical pathways through which pseudoscientific and paranormal beliefs emerge and evolve over time. My research has often led me to consider how folkloric phenomena are brought under the umbrella of cryptozoology (the largely pseudoscientific “study” of legendary, allegedly “hidden” animals).
Daniel Loxton is the Editor of INSIGHT at Skeptic.com and of Junior Skeptic, the 10-page kids’ science section bound within Skeptic magazine. Resolving Conflicts in Findings: Vaccine Promotion is Tricky These two conclusions seem to contradict each other. 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.
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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 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. James Randi We learned that the lab had considered some 300 applicants who contacted them in response to notices in the media. League of Reason. Improbable Research. Retraction Watch. CSI. The Debunker's Domain. Skeptic North. The Skeptic's Dictionary.
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