This week, many of us lost a dear friend. “Curnir” was the name our friend Peter chose for use online. I first met Curnir online at the JREF forums. He was a happy guy, very upbeat, and never was on the forum to be anything but a friend. Far too often people post on
Continue reading Curnir leaves us, but also leaves us a part of him.
I think we are all used to skeptic meetings of some sort. There are the big mega meetings like TAM (The Amazing Meeting). You and 1000 of your close friends in a huge venue. Big name speakers and all the glitz of Vegas are featured. Then there are the local SIP
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A note from Sophie Hirschfeld: Kitty Mervine is working on a project that is important to the skeptic community. She needs our help and asked permission to post her plea here on SheThought. I ask that you help her in whatever large or small way you can. She has been tremendously generous to the skeptic
Continue reading Skeptic Stories for children – Won’t you please help?
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The average claim for a supernatural or psychic power or ability usually follows the same typical pattern. A good example is when someone claims they can “dowse for water” (one of the more common and also easily tested psychic claims). Ideally, test is set up with the very confident
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Today I had the unusual experience of meeting up with 2 old friends I hadn’t seen in about a year. I was struck by the common bond these 2 friends had with their interaction with me. I recently posted a link to this article.
It expresses my own belief that “when the
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I think a common complaint of many skeptics is the difficulty in getting anyone to “change their mind”. It seems that even with careful and clear explanations, many non-critical thinkers insist on clinging to their unfounded, and often irrational, beliefs. I have heard “Why bother even being nice. I just make fun of anyone that believes
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Not Related to Story, Just Awesome Pic of UFO and Cows
I like to take my time with answers and get a lot of input. Even so I always go with “This is what we think it might be. However, can you give me more information? Also, I’d like to assure you that while
Continue reading Where There’s Smoke, There MIGHT Be Fire – But What KIND?
I suppose this will be the first post on SheThought ever written from a hospital bed. If nothing else, heavy narcotic use (legal) will probably make for an interesting post. I ended up here at the local hospital last week when I was sent to the ER for a CAT scan. I only had one
Continue reading The Milk of Human Kindness and a Morphine Drip
As the mother of two Skepchicks, one junior and one grown up, I’m often asked by other parents, “At what age should I start teaching my child about skepticism?” My answer is the same as what was given to me when I asked a representative of Planned Parenthood, “When should I start
Continue reading Raising Mini Skeptics