Critical thinking

Ben Radford releases new book on media-driven panics and hoaxes

My New Book ‘The Martians Have Landed!’ Now Released I’m pleased to announce that my sixth book, The Martians Have Landed! A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes, is now available. The book is co-authored with sociologist Robert Bartholomew (who also co-authored my first book back in 2003, Hoaxes Myths, and Manias: Why We Need…

It MUST be true, I saw it on TV

How Television Can Make You Believe Things That Aren’t True Newly published research suggests nuggets of misinformation embedded in a fictional television program can seep into our brains and lodge there as perceived facts. That’s the conclusion of a study published in the journal Human Communication Research. It asserts that, immediately after watching a show containing a…

Eugenie Scott describes how Creationists and climate denialists share tactics

Denial of evolution, climate change: Linked? Poll scientific specialists on evolution and global warming, and the results are overwhelming: a strong consensus that the scientists say is founded on equally strong data. But among the general public, the response can be quite different. Eugenie Scott, a science education activist best known for fighting creationism in…

World Skeptics Congress, May 2012 in Berlin

World Skeptics Information and Events – World Skeptics Information and Events. Mark your calendar for the 6th World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, Germany. Slated for May 18-20, 2012 in city centre, speakers so far include: Chris French, Chris Mooney, Eugenie Scott, Simon Singh, Kylie Sturgess and many prominent European speakers, which gives this conference a…