Blog Archives for November 2011

“Chupacabra” Attack

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 29, 2011

The Chupacabra is a fabled vampiric creature that has supposedly preyed on farm animals in many countries since it first appeared in Puerto Rico in 1995. Is it on the loose now in the American midwest? In November I was able to examine the carcass of one such reputed creature on a Missouri farm.


Talking Lake Monsters for Canadian TV in the New Mexican Desert

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
November 25, 2011

New Mexico's Rio Grande river looks nothing like British Columbia's Lake Okanagan, but it was close enough for TV when I was interviewed on November 14 for a Canadian science show called Daily Planet.

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The Science and Philosophy of Free Will

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
November 22, 2011

Video of CFI-New York City's recent panel discussion on how advances in cognitive science are shaping our philosophical conception of free wil.

Proving God’s Existence is Impossible

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
November 16, 2011

Atheists and agnostics should stop saying "Well, there could be a proof that God exists, if...."


U.K. Ghost Group Concerned About Fake Ghost Photos

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
November 15, 2011

A U.K.-based paranormal research group is worried about the rise in faked ghost photos created by smartphone apps. 

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“Who Believes in Roswell?”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 14, 2011

What has come to be known as "the Roswell Incident"—the alleged mid-1947 retrieval of a crashed flying saucer and its humanoid crew from the desert near Roswell, New Mexico—continues to be controversial. It is the Holy Grail of UFOlogy, and many believe the truth is being covered up by a government conspiracy. However, skeptics cite evidence that what really crashed on Max Brazel's ranch was a secret U.S. spy-balloon array from Project Mogul (an attempt to monitor Soviet nuclear tests). Only later were alien bodies added to the story, through repeated hoaxes, proliferating urban legends, and the confabulated memories of aging witnesses.

Former climate denier to testify before Congress

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
November 14, 2011

Richard Muller, the physicist who formerly rejected climate science but changed his mind after leading a two-year study that confirmed its reality, will be among three scientists to present their work today.

Secularism and Religion - Where’s the Fight?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
November 10, 2011

Let's not permit militant religionists to distort or destroy the precious heritage of secularism.

“Anonymous”  (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 09, 2011

Fresh from counting the take of his other box office bonanzas—Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012—Roland Emmerich has gone from creating disaster movies to launching a movie disaster. Called Anonymous, this is a conspiracy fantasy based on the idiotic notion that Shakespeare was not the author of his literary masterpieces, which were instead penned by the Earl of Oxford.


Morality can — and should — be legislated

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
November 07, 2011

The overarching message of Ken Burns' new documentary, “Prohibition," is that morality cannot and should not be legislated. But this is simply not true.


7 Billion? Yikes!

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
November 04, 2011

A less sanguine view of the arrival of Baby #7 Billion.


Flogging God

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
November 02, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed overwhelmingly a resolution “reaffirming” the phrase “In God We Trust” as our national motto.  The vote was 396 to 9. The need for reaffirming of this motto was not clearly stated in the resolution, but the real motivation for this resolution is both too obvious and too unseemly to warrant acknowledgment: most politicians in this God-intoxicated country want to milk God for all the votes they can get. And, from a political standpoint, who can blame them? It’s proven to be a very successful tactic.


Secular Humanism Greets the Seven Billionth Person

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
November 01, 2011

Welcome, seven-billionth baby! What can secular humanism do for you?

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