Skeptic Benjamin Radford’s Psychic Predictions for 2008December 30, 2008
In December 2007, Skeptical Inquirer managing editor Ben Radford made 22 predictions for 2008…
Exorcism: The Devil’s in the DetailsDecember 30, 2008
A new television series, The Real Exorcist , has debuted on the Sci-Fi Channel, whose executives and producers continue to promote pseudoscience and worse. The show features fundamentalist minister Bob Larson, whose Web site pleads for help in fighting demonic evil with “prayer and financial help.” Jesus, Larson claims, has actually “chosen” him …
NM Senator’s Miracle Cure Merely Mistake, MisdiagnosisDecember 29, 2008
Recently I came across a front-page headline in my local newspaper, about a state senator here in New Mexico whose brain disease may have been cured by God through the power of prayer. "Brain Disease Either Gone or Stalled," was the front page article’s subhead. I wrote a column about this for LiveScience.com; here’s an …
Lourdes Medical Bureau RebelsDecember 25, 2008
The international medical bureau at Lourdes, the Catholic healing shrine, will no longer designate cases “miraculous.”
Science, Reason, and the Obama AdministrationDecember 24, 2008
Kendrick Frazier’s Commentary to appear in the March/April 2009 Skeptical Inquirer
Who Are Our Bedfellows?December 24, 2008
You can get a pretty good pie fight going even among secular humanists by comparing attitudes on the holidays. Me, I’ve been Yule-free for 24 years now, and I’ve been emphatic in praising initiatives to tone down holiday symbolism in public places as America grows more diverse. I was the one you heard cheering when all the holiday finery was briefly removed from Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport two years ago. And I’ve been raising the same cheers for UNC-Chapel Hill, where the main libraries opted not to display their Christmas trees in deference to the campus’s growing non-Christian population. I’m all for this sort of reform, and I hope (and expect) to see lots more in future years. I recognize that’s a controversial position among humanists, quite a few of whom view stuff like this as political correctness run amok. “Why waste effort being concerned with non-Christians taking offense at Christmas?” they say. “The holiday’s so secular it hardly even serves as an emblem of Christianity anymore.”
Another Plane Crash, Another Ordinary Miracle: Science Saves but God Gets CreditDecember 23, 2008
A recent plane crash in Denver was called a miracle because all survived. But did God or science save lives?
Seasonal Wishes from…a CFI Supporter?December 23, 2008
Or, not. A special note to CFI just in time for Christmas.
Almost Quiet on the Yule War FrontDecember 22, 2008
Continuing with my roundup of War on Christmas 2008, such as it is, what are some of the flashpoints other than the atheist placard in Washington’s state capitol?