A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions

Topical Indexes

Other Writings

Other Resources

From Abracadabra to Zombies - 767 entries | View All

The Skeptic's Dictionary features definitions, arguments, and essays on hundreds of strange beliefs, amusing deceptions, and dangerous delusions. It also features dozens of entries on logical fallacies, cognitive biases, perception, science, and philosophy.

 

Sample the Skeptic's Dictionary

electronic voice phenomenon (EVP)

Electronic voice phenomenon is the alleged communication by spirits through tape recorders and other electronic devices.  The belief in EVP in the United States seems to have mushroomed thanks to Sarah Estep, president of the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena, which claims to have members in some 40 states and publishes a newsletter. Estep claims that in the 1970s she started picking up voices on her husband's Teac reel-to-reel recorder. She is sure that the voices are spirits, proving there is life after death. Estep also claims to hear voices of aliens on some of her tapes. She says she has taped some 20,000 ghosts and aliens. Aliens don't speak English, however, so she is not sure what they are saying. Maybe she was picking up Satan speaking in tongues.>>more

sample Mysteries and Science (for kids 9 and up)

acupuncture

In a nutshell: Acupuncture is a kind of energy medicine. Needles are stuck into various parts of the body to unblock energy and bring back a balance of yin-yang. There is no scientific evidence for this energy or yin-yang.

Acupuncture is the puncturing of the skin with sharp needles to unclog an invisible energy that some people think runs through everything in the universe.

meridians chartEven though millions of people believe this energy, called chi (ch'i or ki, pronounced chee), and the forces of yin-yang, flow in the human body through pathways calledmeridians, scientists have never found chi, yin, yang, or the meridians in which they flow.>>more

a blast from the past

 

 

Deepak & the Emptiness of Spiritual Gibberish

17 Feb 2011Deepak chopraDeepak Chopra is a master of the vague, cognitively empty but emotively charged expression. Science and spirituality should be friends, says Deepak. Like Dick and Jane, I suppose. The only sensible thing he says in his entire article published in Michael Shermer'sSkeptic magazine (vol. 16 No. 2, 2011) is "With no data to support the existence of God, there is also no reason for religion and science to close the gap between them." Of course, he asserts this truism only to deny it.>>more

 

Upcoming Skeptical Events

See Lanyrd.com

   

twitterfollow SD on Twitter

Books by R. T. Carroll

cover The Critical Thinker's Dictionary

The Skeptic's Dictionary

OTHER LANGUAGES

Print versions available in Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and Korean.

Unnatural Virtue podcast archive

Skepticality logo
Click here to listen to Skepticality

Newsletter

Caring for Carcinoid Foundation

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network

This page was designed by Cristian Popa.