Relevant Web Sites
Good Science *
- What's New - Column by Dr. Robert L. Park (who spoke at SMU)
- James Randi Educational Foundation - an educational resource on the paranormal, pseudoscientific, and the supernatural, by James Randi (who spoke at SMU)
- CSICOP - Committee for the Scientific
Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
- featuring their publication Skeptical Inquirer Magazine
- Science-Based Medicine - Exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine
- What's the harm? - How can not thinking critically hurt you?
- Skepticat UK
- Richard Dawkins' official site
- Jamy Ian Swiss - Magician and Skeptic
- National Capital Area Skeptics
- Simon Singh.net
- God knows what... featuring
- Doubtful News by Sharon Hill
- Donald Simanek's Pages
- Association for Skeptical Inquiry - U.K. equivalent of CSICOP. Good.
- The Skeptiseum - Skeptical Museum of the Paranormal
- Bad Astronomy by Philip Plait
- Bad Science by Alistair Fraser
- Defend Science featuring
- The 21st-Century Science Coalition
- Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design
- The Loom - Carl Zimmer's blog at Discover Magazine
- Point of Inquiry featuring
- Skeptoid - Critical Analysis Podcast
- Ancient and medieval Christian Pseudoscience (in Italian) - Fake relics, pareidolia, etc.
- Bad Science by Dr. Ben Goldacre
- Cosmic Log from MSNBC.com by Alan Boyle, featuring
- RadfordBooks.com - by Benjamin Radford managing editor of The Skeptical Inquirer
- JoeNickell.com - Joe Nickell is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) - an international scientific organization - and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine.
- WarOnScience.com - Chris Mooney's companion site to the book
- The Talk.Origins Archive
- Pharyngula by P.Z. Myers
- National Center for Science Education -
Defending the Teaching of Evolution in the Public Schools
- featuring Kettlewell's Moths
- The Skeptics Society and Skeptic Magazine
- The Skeptic Magazine
- The Skeptic's Dictionary
- Critical Thinking About the Paranormal Dr. Robert T. Carroll's course at Sacramento City College. Carroll is the author of "The Skeptic's Dictionary" book and website.
- Bay Area Skeptics
- Stop Sylvia Browne
- Skeptical Articles on "Psychic Detective" Noreen Renier by Gary Posner
- Bad Psychics.com
- The Museum of Hoaxes
- Urban Legends Archive
- FactCheck.org - Holding Politicians Accountable
- NPR's Fresh Air featuring Brooks Jackson - director of Annenberg Political Fact Check (FactCheck.org). Did you know that political ads can lie intentionally?
- Similar to factcheck.org.Very good; spares no one.
- FAIR.org - Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: The National Media Watch Group
- Geology Confronts Creationism
- An Antidote to Velikovskian Delusions
- The Mad Scientist Network
- Descriptions of common fallacies
- The Skeptics Guide To The Universe "Your escape to reality"
- 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense Scientific American article by John Rennie, PDF version
- Scientific American: Becoming Human (June 2006)
- The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams
- The History News Network edited by Rick Shenkman (who spoke at SMU)
- Nobel Prize in Physics 1999 co-winner Gerard t'Hooft's take on the paranormal
- Scientific American Magazine
- SETI@home - the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at home
- featuring their links to SETI information
- Sky & Telescope magazine's SETI Section
- The Glossary of Mathematical Mistakes
- Langmuir's talk on Pathological Science (December 18, 1953)
- Astronomical Society of the Pacific
- featuring Activities With Astrology
- Norwegian Skeptics
- featuring Roswell
- Jim Lippard's Skeptical Information Links
- Cliff Pickover's Internet Encyclopedia of Hoaxes
- In Search of Mathematical Miracles - A skeptical look at Bible Codes and other sacred text codes
- featuring a review of Michael Drosnin's second book on the Bible Codes
- New Mexicans for Science and Reason
- featuring The Bible Code by Dave Thomas (no, not the Wendy's founder)
- What's up with the "Bible Code"? from The Straight Dope
- Do anagrams in Lewis Carroll's poems prove he was Jack the Ripper? from The Straight Dope
- The Annals of Improbable Research (formerly the Journal of Irreproducible Results)
- Home of the Ig Nobel Prize
- Revealing the Star of Bethlehem - by Michael R. Molnar
- The Skeptic's Annotated Bible and Quran (Koran) and Book of Mormon
- The Particle Adventure - an interactive tour of particle physics
- Skeptics Webring
- Quackwatch Your Guide to Health Fraud, Quackery, and Intelligent Decisions
- The Quackometer - Experiments and Thoughts on Quackery, Health Beliefs and Pseudoscience
- Homeowatch Your Skeptical Guide to Homeopathic History, Theories, and Current Practices
- Autism on trial
- Denialism Blog
- The Debunker's Domain
- No Answers in Genesis!
- The North Texas Skeptics
- featuring The North Texas Skeptics Book Shop
- The Quack-Files
- Anti-Quackery Ring
- The First Amendment, Science and Pseudoscience "Creation Science" has little to do with science and everything to do with preaching the Genesis story in the classroom, 1st Amendment be damned.
- Atheists and Agnostics of Wisconsin
- Things creationists hate
- Creation or just natural events? Some things bible literalists / creationists hate!
- Fraud, Mistaken Identity and Claims Thereof
- Best of the Web - from Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries by Kenneth L. Feder
- Fuz Rana on NPR's Glenn Mitchell show Read Rana for bad science and Rennie for good science
- Showtime - Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
- Mythbusters! - on the Discovery Channel
- The Darwin Awards
- Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
- Russell Humphreys' Young World "Evidence"
- The Skeptic Tank
- Truth or Fiction - your email reailty check
- Power Lines and Cancer: Nothing to Fear by John W. Farley, Ph.D
- Independent Investigations Group
- The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine
- Creation and Intelligent Design Watch
- Dangers of chiropractic therapy : MUST SEE! : Confessions of a Quackbuster
- featuring Is A Headache Worth Dying For?
- A Different way to Heal? - Alternative Medicine - Scientific American Frontiers with Alan Alda
- National Council Against Health Fraud
- featuring Stroke and Spinal Manipulation
- Rothwell, D., Bondy, S., & Williams, J. I. (2001). Chiropractic manipulation and stroke: A population-based case-control study. Stroke: The Journal of the American Heart Association, 32, 1054.
- Smith WS and others. Spinal manipulative therapy is an independent risk factor for vertebral artery dissection. Neurology 60:1424-1428, 2003.
- Chiropractic's Dirty Secret: Neck Manipulation and Strokes
- The Museum of Unworkable Devices
- Art and UFOs?
- The reDISCOVERY INSTITUTE
- a parody of the bad science
- featuring the new periodic table
- Recovery from Mormonism
- featuring Short topics and Horses in particular
- see also the bad science site Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies
- American Association of Physics Teachers Statement on the Teaching of Evolution and Cosmology
- The fact of Evolution and the construct of "Intelligent" Design on the Diane Rehm Show (NPR)
- Sea-monster or Shark? - An Analysis of a Supposed Plesiosaur Carcass Netted in 1977
- A Skeptic Moment with Tim Kammer - skeptical podcasting
- What is Pseudoscience?
- The Scopes "Monkey" Trial - Tennessee v. John Scopes
- Understanding Evolution
- What Was God Thinking? Science Can't Tell - by Nobel Prize Winner Eric Cornell
- Rev. Ridiculous doesn't speak well for intelligent design - If Intelligent Design is science and not religion, then why is the Reverend Pat Robertson upset?
- Holiday Scams
- Randell Mills - Crackpot
- What's New article on Randell Mills and "hydrinos" by Bob Park (a real physicist). Read his book Voodoo Science : The Road from Foolishness to Fraud for more.
- Here are some physics preprints on hydrinos: some for; some against. Rathke's article is excellent. There are no peer-reviewed journal articles on hydrinos.
- Intelligent Design: The New Creationism Threatens All of Science and Society from the American Physical Society (APS)
- Natasha Demkina - The Girl With X-Ray Eyes (NOT!)
- Facts of Life People may have different beliefs and theories about how we got here, but only one should be taught in our children's science classes: evolution.
- Barry Marshall and Robin Warren win Nobel Prize for work on ulcers
- Evolution FAQ from the NY Times
- Achau Nguyen Test from CSICOP.org
- Intelligent Falling - satire from The Onion parodying the Evolution / Intelligent Design debate.
- AntiPolygraph.org - Polygraphy is Quackery
- The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin - read it for free
- Recycling paper and plastic actually hurts the environment.
- The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary
- The Facts About Second Hand Smoke
- Latest Email Hoaxes - Current Internet Scams - Hoax-Slayer Newsletter
- Phishing scams and spoof emails
- Skepchicks - female skeptics
- Snopes.com - Urban Legends Reference Pages
- Evolution Ale from Wasatch Beers
- Nonoccupational Exposure to Chrysotile Asbestos and the Risk of Lung Cancer by Michel Camus, Ph.D., Jack Siemiatycki, Ph.D., and Bette Meek, M.Sc. NEJM Volume 338:1565-1571 May 28, 1998 Number 22
- ASBESTOS REVISITED By: Alleman, James E., Mossman, Brooke T., Scientific American, 00368733, Jul97, Vol. 277, Issue 1
- Mystery InvestigatorsUsing Science to Investigate the Strange and Mysterious
- Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking
- Do you think Al Gore claimed he invented the internet? Then you're wrong. And if you still think so after you read the link, then you're stupid.
- Intelligent Design versus Science | Yoism
- Polygraph Results Often in Question but government agencies are hooked on them
- Rush Limbaugh Settles Drug Fraud Charges
- Ear Stapling to Loose Weight: article 1 and article 2
- Science and Religion, Still Worlds Apart
- Chiropractic time travel
- Lost Gospel of Judas from National Geographic
- Scientists Call Fish Fossil, 375 Million Years Old, 'Missing Link'
Article with pictures
- Cancer-sniffing dogs?
- Testing Darwin's Teachers
- Key Dead Sea Scroll Makes U.S. Debut
- Sad Suspicions About Scores in Basketball - Forensic economics detects mutual fund traders backdating their trades and cheating in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
- University to Investigate Fusion Study
- Turning textbooks into the Good Book
- Was Loch Ness monster actually an elephant? (No, it was a toy submarine with a plastic wood dinosaur head stuck to it.)
- Indigo children
- Despite Tests, Many Consumers Swear by Remedies
- Health concerns limit wireless Internet at Lakehead University
- Holocaust denier David Irving gets three years - "I made a mistake when I said there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz," Irving told the court before his sentencing. "In no way did I deny the killings of millions of people by the Nazis," testified Irving,
- Our governor, Rick Perry, on ID - he's for it, but he doesn't plan to ask for a change in the TX curriculum. This is called talking out of both sides of your ass.
- Book review of EVOLUTION VS. CREATIONISM by Eugenie C. Scott
- Rome Weighs in (Gently) on Intelligent Design Vatican newspaper commentary suggests the evolution alternative is bad science
- "Intelligent design" Belittles God: Vatican
- "Psychic" Sylvia Browne misses live on radio!
- Letterman 1, O'Reilly 0
- Cell phones do not cause brain cancer
- Really free Annual Credit Report (courtesy of Mr. Benson)
- OptOutPrescreen.com - opt out of receiving firm offers for credit or insurance (those annoying weekly mail offers: "You're pre-approved!")
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State
- Texas Freedom Network - A Mainstream Voice to Counter the Religious Right
- EvoEdu - Evolution Education
- Texas Citizens for Science - Defending the accuracy and reliability of science education in Texas since 1980
- Groundhog Day - Punxsutawney Phil, worse than flipping a coin.
- Do We Use Only 10% of Our Brain?
- The Quack Page - Professor David Colquhoun's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE page
- HIV causes AIDS
- God vs Science (TIME magazine)
- Theory in particle physics: Theological speculation versus practical knowledge by Burton Richter from Physics Today.
- Ed Mezvinsky - Nigerian Scam - Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me; fool me three times, and I must be some kind of moron.
- FDA Will Allow Breast Implants Made of Silicone
- New Methods Let Scientists Analyze Neanderthal DNA
- Questions surround methods, credentials of drug screener
- Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe
- Why Science Can't Save the GOP - discussion of stem cells and in vitro fertilization
- "10 Great Snake-Oil Gadgets"
- Pattern Analysis of MegaMillions Lottery Numbers is the lottery rigged?
- Exoneration Using DNA Brings Change in Legal System - New York Times 1 October 2007
- Clinton Blasts Bush's 'War on Science'
- Jeffs guilty Verdict: FLDS leader facing up to life in prison - Warren Jeffs is the "prophet" of a Mormon sect that still practices polygamy and marriage of 13-year-old girls.
- Theories about Peruvian meteorite discounted (Subscriber only)
- The Weird Russian Mind-Control Research Behind a DHS Contract - see how the Department of Homeland Security is planning to waste your tax money.
- Sticking needles in a bad back 'eases pain better than drugs' But so does fake acupuncture, where the needles are inserted shallowly and in the wrong places.
- Scientists do the numbers
- Texas State Education board opposes intelligent design in curricula
Even creationists say theory doesn't belong in class with evolution
Dallas Morning News, 23 August 2007 -- See the results of reader voting
- Pennsylvania Man Claims He Made Fuel From Salt Water
- Pope: Creation vs. evolution clash an 'absurdity'
- Abstinence-only programs don't lower HIV risk
- Sleights of Mind
- Put a Little Science in Your Life - by Brian Greene
- F.D.A. Takes Aim at Herbal Cancer 'Cures'
- Lawsuit against new particle collider - just in case it creates a black hole and destroys the Universe!
- Airborne settles lawsuit for $23.3 million
- Cue Up the Acne-Fighting, 128-Meg MP3 Player
- How to make better decisions
- MMR vaccine not seen causing autism
- "In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield of Royal Free Hospital in London and colleagues sparked a fierce worldwide debate among scientists
and a health scare by suggesting the MMR jab caused autism. Outbreaks of all three diseases followed."
- Infant study casts doubt on vaccine-autism link
- Dallas man cleared, freed after 27 years in prison -
fifteenth from Dallas County exonerated by DNA.
- "The lead prosecutor at the trial called Mr. Chatman a liar and
insisted that since the victim was a nurse, she was a trained
observer and incapable of making a mistake."
- Drugs Offer No Benefit in Curbing Aggression, Study Finds - worse than placebo!
- Official Leaves Post as Texas Prepares to Debate Science Education Standards
- Pseudoscience from Wikipedia
- Category:Pseudoscience from Wikipedia
- Editor Eric: Skepticism, Science and Critical Inquiry
- Astronomy FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
- Usenet Physics FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
- Kitzmiller et al. vs.
Dover Area School District et al. Memorandum Opinion 20 Dec 2005
- Intelligent Design (ID)
gets spanked in court. Judge John E. Jones III threw the book at
them, and you can read it (the book, that is).
See for summaries:
(Thermometers aren't the only things graduated with degrees that can crack!)
- Michael Behe - Professor of Biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania
- Scott Minnich - Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Idaho
- Stephen William Fuller - Professor of Sociology at University of Warwick, UK (Sociology?!?)
- William Dembski -
Carl F. H. Henry Professor of Theology and Science at the Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (after getting the boot from Baylor in summer 2005)
For an example of Dembski caught misrepresenting evolution, see "Why scientists get so angry when dealing with ID proponents" by Jason Rosenhouse Skeptical Inquirer, Nov-Dec 2005 v29 i6 p42(4)
- Phillip E. Johnson - Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law, Emeritus, at UC Berkeley
- VirusMyth - this bad science
site claims that HIV does not cause AIDS. It does.
Featuring not one, but two professors at UC Berkeley:
(I'm starting to think that tenure isn't such a good idea after all.)
- Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives
- Straight-Talk.net on evolution
- Northwest Creation Network
- creation science resource megasite
- featuring CreationWiki - a community-build encyclopedia of creation science (not working currently)
- Evolution Fact or Belief (Part 1) - video from The Creation Nework (many more linked from here)
- Conservapedia - like
without all those annoying facts.
- Lenski dialog - Conservapedia founder Andrew Schlafly gets schooled by MSU evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski on E. coli evolution and manners.
- The Creation Museum opens in Petersburg, Kentucky (Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones. They're the modern stone age family...)
- Good News Magazine's Nonsense on Evolution - sign up for a free subscription; in fact, sign up for a dozen.
- Dr. Robert A. Herrmann's Intelligent Design and Considerably More - more nonsense, that is.
- ResearchID.org - this site seems to have gone belly-up. 7 Nov 2008
- Y-Origins Connection :: Intelligent Design For Everyone
- Autodynamics.org - Carezani says Einstein was wrong (guess who's going to win this argument).
- The Searle Effect Generator - antigravity and antisanity
- The Free Energy Page featuring two U.S. patents for perpetual motion machines
- The United States Patent and Trademark Office
- GrandUnification.com - Time is the speed of light
- featuring a proof that Relativity is illogical
- Alex Chiu's Immortality Device
- The Creation-Evolution Encyclopedia
- Unified Spiral Field Theory
- John Edward - Cold reader and TV personality
- Theory of the Sustentation of Matter by Mario Carvajal
- The Immanuel Velikovsky Archive
- Answers in Genesis
- Institute for Creation Research
- Coast to Coast AM (Used to be the Art Bell Show)
- 241 Mumbers - this is original: people selling physical constants
- Uri Geller
- The Fortean Times
- Design Inference Website
- ELLIE CRYSTAL'S METAPHYSICAL AND SCIENCE WEBSITE
- The Etemenanki website by Goro Adachi
- Wade's Ghost Page
- Int'l Ghost Hunters Society
- Q-ray ionized bracelet
- What was the Star? of Bethlehem, that is.
- Q-Link - a pendant that lowers your stress and improves your golf game, endorsed by Deepak Chopra
- The Chopra Center - Deepak Chopra's web site
- The Shift of the Ages - (delete one letter and it will be accurate)
- Creation Science Evangelism featuring Kent Hovind's $250,000 challenge to provide "scientific proof" of evolution (as if he would recognize science if it bit him in the ass)
- Creation Science Fair 2001 Scary! (possibly a hoax)
- Reasons To Believe
- The Classic IQ Test
- 'Ramtha's channeler' can't testify
- Creation Evidence Museum
- What the #$*! is Ramtha
- What the #$*! Do They Know? - review from CSICOP
- What the Bleep Do We Know!? from Answers.com
- What the (Bleep) Were They Thinking? from Skeptico
Cruel Saga of Asbestos Disease by Paul Brodeur, the same whack job
who claims that power lines cause leukemia. See Voodoo Science by
Dr. Robert Park for the facts. See also the Good Science link:
- Power Lines and Cancer: Nothing to Fear by John W. Farley, Ph.D
- Consciousness Research Laboratory
- Discovery Institute
- Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies
- Evelyn Wood Speed Reading
- Perceptions by Ray Dickenson, featuring such luminaries as Gary Novak and Randell Mills.
- Moon Landing Hoax - by Bart Sibrel, professional crackpot
- Natural "Cures" by Kevin Trudeau (quotation marks inserted by us)
See also Why You Shouldn't Buy Kevin Trudeau's "Natural Cures" Book from Quackwatch.org
- Life Technology
- Nonsensical "Physics" by DT Froedge
- Life Force .net Multilevel Marketing (pyramid scheme) for natural products
- DEI DVD - get free electricity and 100 miles per gallon - BUUUUUULLLLLLLLLSHIIIIIIIT!
- HeadOn apply directly to the forehead - more like "apply directly to the wallet" - What exactly does this stuff do? Nothing. It's homeopathic B.S.
- Telephone Telepathy
- The "Miracle" Tree
- Steorn - technology that "appears to violate the 'Principle of the Conservation of Energy'" (I quote from the website itself.)
- Progress in Physics - looks like a real physics journal, smells like bullshit.
(Not to be confused with Reports on Progress in Physics which really is a
legitimate, respected physics journal.)
- Featuring, among other gems, A New Form of Matter --
Unmatter, Composed of Particles and Anti-Particles
by Florentin Smarandache,
one of the "journal's" associate editors, tenured professor of mathematics at the
University of New Mexico Gallup campus, and professional crackpot.
See my explanation of the impossibility of "unmatter".
- Featuring, among other gems, A New Form of Matter -- Unmatter, Composed of Particles and Anti-Particles by Florentin Smarandache, one of the "journal's" associate editors, tenured professor of mathematics at the University of New Mexico Gallup campus, and professional crackpot.
- Null Physics by Terence Witt (T. Witt?, twitt?)
- destroyed in the JREF forum
- The Morgellons Research Foundation "with a medical board that boasts five MDs and an RN. Interestingly, none are dermatologists." (Quote from Commentary by Caroline S. Koblenzer, MD, who *IS* a dermatologist.)
- The Fair Education Foundation - evolution is wrong and the Earth is the center of the Universe (they're not kidding!)
- The Geocentric Bible by Gordon Bane
- Geocentricity - the Association for Biblical Astronomy
- Galileo Was Wrong!
- Intelligent Design the Future featuring this
- They call themselves Texans for Better Science Education! but
they want to teach Intelligent Design in the science classroom! Read the following to understand why the ID movement LOST
their court case in Dover, PA. Kitzmiller et al. vs.
Dover Area School District et al. Memorandum Opinion 20 Dec 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III.
'Scientific and legal arguments alike have demonstrated time and again that ID "theory" not only has no demonstrable scientific basis (i.e., it cannot be falsified by any scientific protocol), but "is an interesting theological argument" and constitutes a religious assertion.' -- Professor Ron Wetherington, SMU Anthropology
- Educate Yourself - Colloidal Silver | Chemtrails | Aliens | Thousands more!
- Yahoo! listing of Paranormal
Phenomena - the mother lode of Antiscience
- featuring the Yahoo! listing of Extraterrestrial Life
- Junk Science - Steven Milloy, Publisher
- The Times (of London, that is) newspaper
- The New York Times newspaper
- The Washington Post newspaper
- Home of the BBC on the Internet
- featuring the BBC World Service
- PBS - Public Broadcasting System
- featuring the Online NewsHour
- NPR - National Public Radio
- FOX "News" - a.k.a. Fox Noise - ultraconservative Rupert Murdoch's unfair and
- featuring O'Reilly Factor - all spin all the time
- The Rush Limbaugh Show - ditto!
- CNN's Larry King Live - which keeps providing a forum for "psychic" mediums like John Edward and Sylvia Browne
- NPR's Car Talk - listen to Click and Clack diagnose car trouble
using inductive reasoning
- featuring The Puzzler - weekly logic puzzles (be sure to check the archive)
- Columbo - the TV detective catches murderers through induction
- Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective who, despite claiming to use deduction, actually uses induction
- The Mensa Workout logic quiz, but don't actually join Mensa until they stop believing in psi phenomena
- Postmodern Essay Generator - A parody of the postmodern school of academic writing written by Andrew C. Bulhak, using a system for generating random text.
* In the opinion of the instructors and other rational people.