"A skeptic is one who prefers beliefs and conclusions that are reliable and valid to ones that are comforting or convenient, and therefore rigorously and openly applies the methods of science and reason to all empirical claims, especially their own. A skeptic provisionally proportions acceptance of any claim to valid logic and a fair and thorough assessment of available evidence, and studies the pitfalls of human reason and the mechanisms of deception so as to avoid being deceived by others or themselves. Skepticism values method over any particular conclusion." - Dr. Steven Novella of The New England Skeptics and The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast.

Papal Irony

"New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality," the pope said.

Dr Nancy Malik, Homeopathy SpamBot, Debunked

For those that don't know, "Dr" Nancy Malik is a very prolific commenter on Science, Medicine and Skeptical based blogs. When ever the word "homeopathy" is intoned she shows up for a drive-by comment and almost never engages in conversation. She is so prolific that there are a number of us that have started referring to her as the NancyBot. Personally I'm not entirely unconvinced that she isn't using a script to make her posts.

Her latest claims have proven that not only can she not read or understand scientific papers, she can't count either.

if you want to know about God ask an atheist.

I thought this might be of amusement to the pundits here: How Ignorant About Religion Are Religious Americans?

questionnaire for atheists...

I need your help!

Please note: These questions are aimed at those that DO identify with being an atheist.

This not a debate about the existence of God or scientific evidence, but about the existence of YOU...an Atheist!

I am attempting to accumulate information about how people identify with their atheism, and background information...

If you are willing and able to answer all or any of these questions I would be greatly appreciative.

* How do you define yourself as an atheist?
* Do you consider atheism a major part of your identity?

Public response to Alan Freestone(Homeopath) due to censored comments

So... It seems HomeopathyUK don't really like having the truth pointed out. My response there was deleted. So, instead, I thought I'd post it here, where they can't censor it.

Anti-science & the Denialists was posted yesterday and did the rounds on #ten23. The post is whining about an article published in the American Journal of Medicine entitled "Should We Maintain an Open Mind about Homeopathy?" by Michael Baum and Edzard Ernst. As is typical of these blogs, the author completely misses the point.

Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right

I thought some of you may like to know about the First Annual Catholic Conference on Geocentrism. I googled some of the names involved and as far as I can tell it's legit.

Atheists vrs Skeptics

As an Atheist I'm often wondering why there are so few Atheists but a lot of Skeptics and agnostics
Courage appears to be one of the vital ingredients.
To stand up and be counted , requires a lot more courage than sitting on the fence.
The tall poppy syndrome , most people just aren't comfortable being a tall poppy.
We become the target of the majority for daring to be different, to go against the grain and not agree with the views held by the majority.
I believe if we let the majority rule. We will all end up joining our local church.
So my question to the Skeptic/agnostics is

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