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Skeptophilia · 19h ago

Empathy training

A couple of days ago, I had a migraine.I was fortunate in a couple of respects.  First, I hardly get migraines at all any more -- by comparison with my early twenties, a period in my life du...
Skeptophilia · 1d ago

A governmental cult

Cult (n.) -- a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object, often involving a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing...
Skeptophilia · 2d ago

Pet warp

In recent posts we have dealt with sending a binary message to extraterrestrial intelligen...
Skeptophilia · 3d ago

Messages to the stars

Much has been made of the fact that our television and radio signals are expanding outward...
Skeptophilia · 5d ago

Navigating the imaginary

As many of you know, I've been writing fiction for over four decades.  I won't claim that ...
Skeptophilia · 6d ago

Motivated reasoning

Last week there was a paper released in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differen...
Skeptophilia · 1w ago

Duplicating the crone

A pretty common belief in many different cultures is that inanimate objects can have, or can be imbued with, supernatural powers.It's not like I haven't dealt with this topic before, here at...
Skeptophilia · 1W ago

Advanced elegance

I think it's a natural human tendency to be awed by what we don't understand.I know when I see some abstruse concept that is far beyond my grasp, I'm impressed not only by how complex the un...
Skeptophilia · 1W ago

Hypocrisy on parade

I told myself that I wasn't going to write about Roy Moore, the Republican candidate in the special election for Jeff Sessions's Senate seat in Alabama.  There didn't seem to be much to say....
Skeptophilia · 1W ago

Ancient Egyptian helicopters

I find it amusing to note how often woo-woo headlines are phrased as questions, e.g. "Did ...