by William McFadden
Statistical Significance is the standard measure for determining whether an effect is “true” or not, but is it really the best measure? What does it mean if something does or doesn’t reach its 95% statistical significance mark? What do we do when a study about a clearly woo theory reaches statistical significance and why does this happen? It’s definitely not as boring as you think.
An overview of modern conspiracist thought. Also, Space Nazis
by Marcus Davis
Bayesian reasoning, it’s the secret to life, the universe and skepticism. What is it, why do we need it and how can we use it effectively? Answers to all these questions, and responses to critics of skepticism and ninjas.
by Matt Lowry
We skeptics have a pretty serious communication gap with creationists and other pseudoscientists in that we naïvely expect them to think like skeptics. When attempting to engage in discussion with creationists, we are speaking different languages: we come to the issue from a naturalistic, science-based framework, and they approach it from what they consider a Biblically-oriented worldview Is it just plain hopeless? Mr. Lowry will explore some ideas on how to move forward based upon experiences with creationists.
Have you ever been angry when a creationist or a climate-change denialist called themselves a skeptic? Yeah, me too.
We can too easily become victims of so-called experts. As a secularist thinker, Mr. Ferguson will discuss how we can use our skeptical outlook and critical thinking skills in making wise investment decisions.
Do you want to learn how to project your chi into an energy ball that will send your greatest rival flying? Not here. Much of the “woo” that surrounds martial arts can be explained using basic, applicable scientific explanations and critical assessments. Observation, data gathering, analysis and re-testing are essential to all aspects of martial arts from basic moves to breaking solid objects.
by Hemant Mehta
by Kate Donovan
by Thom Britton
by Ali Marie
2nd March 2013