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topical index: science and philosophy

science

alpha waves
altered states of consciousness
anomaly
anoxia, cerebral
ball lightning
Blondlot and N-rays
bright
Cambrian explosion
climate change deniers
control group study
cryptomnesia
delusion
dreams
electromagnetic field
false memory
fantasy-prone personality
flu vaccine

fluoridation
hypnagogic
hypnopompic
ideomotor effect
lunar effects
memory
meta-analysis
mind-control
nocebo effect
pathological science
placebo effect
positive-outcome bias
psychology
science
science-based medicine
sleep paralysis
testimonial evidence (anecdotes)
vinyl vision

philosophy

agnosticism
argument from design
atheism
determinism
dualism
empiricism
faith
free will
materialism
metaphysics
mind
natural
naturalism
ontology
paradigm
positivism
scientism
philosophical skepticism
theist
zombis and p-zombies

Last updated 26-Jan-2014

Other Sources

New Scientist Planet Science 

Mike Kohary's Science and the Art of Skeptical Thought 

National Center for Science Education Scientific Evolution vs. Metaphysical Creationism

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Bertrand Russell Archives at McMaster University

SciCentral

Grand Illusion - "the site for the enquiring mind. With optical illusions, scientific toys, visual effects, and even a little magic"

Scientific American Frontiers

A Science Odyssey - PBS

University of Michigan's Windows to the Universe

Penny Fischer's Stargazer Home Page 

Recommended Reading

Gardner, Martin. Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1957), 

Gardner, Martin. Science: Good, Bad and Bogus (Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1981), 

Gilovich, Thomas. How We Know What Isn't' So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life (New York: The Free Press, 1993)

Kourany, Janet A. Scientific Knowledge: Basic Issues in the Philosophy of Science, 2nd edition (Belmont: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1998).

Sagan, Carl. The Demon-Haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark (New York: Random House, 1995).

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