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The Skeptic's Dictionary

The Skeptic's Dictionary
From Abracadabra to Zombies - 754 entries | View All What's New? See the most recent entries, updates, and reader comments Sample the Skeptic's Dictionary In spiritualism, a medium is one with whom spirits communicate directly. In an earlier, simpler but more dramatic age, a good medium would produce voices or apports, ring bells, float or move things across a darkened room, produce automatic writing or ectoplasm, and, in short, provide good entertainment value for the money.

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Explore - Free Library Blue Sargent's entire family is psychic. Blue's only power is to amplify the abilities of others. Growing up in Henrietta, VA, Blue has a great life with her mother and other female relatives who share the big house at 300 Fox Way. But one night while helping her mother record the names of the people from Henrietta that will die in the next year she sees a boy and hears him speak his name. He is one of the "Raven Boys" who attend a local prep school for the ultra elite. Typically arrogant and privileged, the Raven Boys are despised by the residents of Henrietta.

Magical thinking Magical thinking is the attribution of causal relationships between actions and events which cannot be justified by reason and observation. In religion, folk religion, and superstitious beliefs, the correlation posited is often between religious ritual, prayer, sacrifice, or the observance of a taboo, and an expected benefit or recompense. In clinical psychology, magical thinking can cause a patient to experience fear of performing certain acts or having certain thoughts because of an assumed correlation between doing so and threatening calamities. Magical thinking may lead people to believe that their thoughts by themselves can bring about effects in the world or that thinking something corresponds with doing it.[1] It is a type of causal reasoning or causal fallacy that looks for meaningful relationships of grouped phenomena (coincidence) between acts and events. Associative thinking[edit]

FreethoughtPedia.com From FreeThoughtPedia When theists find out you don't believe in their particular flavor of the supernatural, they often respond with criticism and cynicism of your non-beliefs. Here are some witty responses to many common theist claims against freethinkers: The Bible says that atheism is wrong. The 48 Laws of Power Background[edit] Greene initially formulated some of the ideas in The 48 Laws of Power while working as a writer in Hollywood and concluding that today's power elite shared similar traits with powerful figures throughout history.[5] In 1995, Greene worked as a writer at Fabrica, an art and media school, and met a book packager named Joost Elffers.[4][8] Greene pitched a book about power to Elffers and six months later, Elffers requested that Greene write a treatment.[4] Although Greene was unhappy in his current job, he was comfortable and saw the time needed to write a proper book proposal as too risky.[10] However, at the time Greene was rereading his favorite biography about Julius Caesar and took inspiration from Caesar's decision to cross the Rubicon River and fight Pompey, thus inciting the Great Roman Civil War.[10] Greene would follow Caesar's example and write the treatment, which later became The 48 Laws of Power.[10] He would note this as the turning point of his life.[10]

How To Sell Magic Beans One of the eternal questions for skeptics is – how can some people be so gullible? We have a standard answer which captures many of the factors: poor understanding of science, lack of an innate sense of probability, all the various mechanisms of self-deception, and the strong desire to believe in certain things. Further, some cons are just slick, and anyone can be fooled by a clever-enough deception. But still, there are some claims that are so astoundingly gullible it’s difficult not to face-palm when confronted by them. One category of such claims is what I think of as the equivalent of magic amulets, or the magic beans from Jack and the Beanstalk.

collective:unconscious About this Bundle Download this free bundle to watch the entire feature film! In "collective:unconscious," the first anthology film to ever premiere in competition at SXSW, five acclaimed filmmakers adapt each other's dreams for the screen. How weird does it get? Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science? There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s comic masterpiece Dr. Strangelove in which Jack D. Ripper, an American general who’s gone rogue and ordered a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, unspools his paranoid worldview—and the explanation for why he drinks “only distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure grain alcohol”—to Lionel Mandrake, a dizzy-with-anxiety group captain in the Royal Air Force. Ripper: Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation? Fluoridation of water? Mandrake: Ah, yes, I have heard of that, Jack.

50 Reasons I reject Evolution 1.) Because I don’t like the idea that we came from apes… despite that humans are categorically defined and classified as apes. 2.) Watch Full Movies Online For Free “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Bad Astronomy Well now, this is an interesting discovery: astronomers have found what looks like a "super-Earth" – a planet more massive than Earth but still smaller than a gas giant – orbiting a nearby star at the right distance to have liquid water on it! Given that, it might – might – be Earthlike. This is pretty cool news. We’ve found planets like this before, but not very many! And it gets niftier: the planet has at least five siblings, all of which orbit its star closer than it does.

E-Books for Free E-Books, Papers, and Articles by Wes Penre: Penre, Wes [2009]: "The Myth Around Supriem David Rockefeller" Penre, Wes [2013]: "Beyond 2012--A Handbook for the New Era" Penre, Wes [1998-2011]: "The Wes Penre Papers - A Journey into the Multiverse: (Introductory Level of Learning): Introductory Paper #1: Basic Information on the Global Elite a.k.a.

Dr. Eben Alexander Proof of Heaven Investigation - Proof of Heaven Factual Omissions Potter has no recollection of this incident, or of that shouted plea. What she does remember is that she had intubated Alexander more than an hour prior to his departure from the emergency room, snaking a plastic tube down his throat, through his vocal cords, and into his trachea. Could she imagine her intubated patient being able to speak at all, let alone in a crystal-clear way? "No," she says. He finds an agent, and the agent shops his book proposal around, and soon Simon & Schuster offers him a book deal. Kiss Hanks Ass By James Huber This morning there was a knock at my door. When I answered the door I found a well-groomed, nicely dressed couple. The man spoke first. John: "Hi!

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