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Exposing the Nature of Reality:  The Blocks Illusion

Exposing the Nature of Reality: The Blocks Illusion

Relatively Interesting April 11, 2014 0

Albert Einstein said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” He was certainly on to something. How do we know if what we experience in the world is “true“? One person’s

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12 Hacks to Help You Spot Bad Science

12 Hacks to Help You Spot Bad Science

Relatively Interesting April 5, 2014 0

In the media saturated world that we live in today, how can you tell if what you’re reading or seeing is good science or bad science? The vast majority of people will get their

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The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

Relatively Interesting December 18, 2013 1

Shared amongst the Skeptical Community, the Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense, courtesy of The Reason Stick, combines the irrational sets of religion, quackery, pseudoscience, and the paranormal to yield…. Scientology. It’s a great Venn

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Why do people see ghosts, gods, aliens, angels, and demons?

Why do people see ghosts, gods, aliens, angels, and demons?

Relatively Interesting November 25, 2013 1

Why is it that people believe weird things? 500 years ago, demons haunted our world, and incubi and succubi tormented their victims as they lay asleep in their beds. 200 years ago, spirits of

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The Debunking Handbook – a guide for skeptics and mythbusters

The Debunking Handbook – a guide for skeptics and mythbusters

Relatively Interesting February 26, 2013 0

If you consider yourself a skeptic and a follower of the principles of science, then you will at some point find yourself debating (or arguing) with a “believer”.  Your goal might be to simply

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Know Your Logical Fallacies And Beef Up Your Critical Thinking Skills

Know Your Logical Fallacies And Beef Up Your Critical Thinking Skills

Relatively Interesting November 28, 2012 0

What is a logical fallacy? Simply put, a logical fallacy is a mistake in reasoning due to a misconception or presumption. If the premises of an argument are true, the argument can still be rendered invalid

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8 Urban Legends You Might Actually Believe Are True

8 Urban Legends You Might Actually Believe Are True

Relatively Interesting November 22, 2012 0

We’ve all heard them. Urban legends are the staple of campfire hobnob. These myths have gained “credibility” because they were retold by the neighbor of the second cousin of a neighbor’s aunt. There are

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How the Barnum Effect can make you choose the wrong college major

How the Barnum Effect can make you choose the wrong college major

Relatively Interesting October 16, 2012 0

The Barnum Effect is named after P.T. Barnum (yes, the circus guy), because much of his circus entertainment involved scams and hoaxes. Specifically, the Barnum effect was named so due to a statement P.T.

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The Top 5 Conspiracy Movies

The Top 5 Conspiracy Movies

Relatively Interesting September 5, 2012 0

Everyone loves a good meaty conspiracy movie. After all, where else can you find suspense, mystery, intrigue and someone to blame all in about 90 minutes? While some of the better-known conspiracy movies like

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Confirmation Bias: What It Is and Why We Need to Recognize It

Confirmation Bias: What It Is and Why We Need to Recognize It

Relatively Interesting August 6, 2012 0

The term confirmation bias may seem familiar. We may have heard about it in an intro psychology course or read about research conducted on the subject, but not many of us pause to consider

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