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anti Respectful Insolence (a.k.a. "Orac Knows") 2005 Dec 06
     ... science . medicine . history . resources ...
"Ramblings of a surgeon/scientist on medicine and pseudomedicine, science and pseudoscience, history and pseudohistory, politics (and anything else that interests him) ..."

anti How to Become a Bad Theoretical Physicist 2005 Dec 06
     ... physics . resources ...
"Here is how to become a bad theorist: Compare yourself with Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Paul Dirac, or other celebrities in theoretical physics, and reach a conclusion in favor of yourself. Note that good theoreticians do not consider these famous physicists as saints; none of them were infallible, but the few instances where they could be corrected are well-known by historians of science, and do not have any effect on modern physics. ..."

anti Are you a quack? 2005 Dec 06
     ... science . resources ...
"This page is dedicated to the many people who have occasionally drifted into my office, or sent me e-mail, or even mailed me their books, eager to tell me about their new theory, which they know will turn all known physics on its head, even though they have only studied a tiny fraction of the latter."

anti Welcome to the Christian Pseudoscience Monitor 2005 Dec 06
     ... Scientific Creationism . Intelligent Design . resources ...
"I'm a chemist-biochemist with little formal training in evolution. When I testified against the 'equal time' bill (equal time for creationism and evolution) before the legislative education committee (NE) in 1981, I knew little about creationism. Perhaps it had disappeared in the '30s. Perhaps I'd get challenging arguments from creationists. I was mistaken. Proponents of 'equal time' were mostly scientifically illiterate and gullible to the most nonsensical creationism. For example, one proponent told me that there were two sides to the issue, the Christian side vs. everything else (evolution plus New Age speculation, Native American creation myths, etc). Scientific training doesn't prepare one for such logic."

anti Anne's Anti-Quackery and Science Blog 2005 Oct 07
     ... resources . medicine . evolution ...
"Skeptical view of alternative treatments and medical misinformation, pseudoscience, myth, conspiracy, Intelligent Design, religion, critical thinking, science and the scientific method."

parody Society of Christians for the Restoration of Old Testament Morality 2005 Oct 07
     ... religion . resources . humor ...
"Welcome to the Society of Christians for the Restoration of Old Testament Morality. We are concerned American Christians who want to restore our great nation to its roots in the Old Testament's unchanging morality. We cannot remain God?s favorite nation for very long until we as a nation scrupulously observe the literal meaning of every word in the Bible (King James only, please). We believe that the entire Bible ? Genesis to Revelation ? sets forth God?s perfect plan for every aspect of our lives, and we don?t believe that God has changed His mind."

parody Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster 2005 Oct 07
     ... Intelligent Design . resources . humor ...
"I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design. Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him."

anti Dinosaurs and Bible Don't Mix 2005 Oct 07
     ... Scientific Creationism . resources ...
"Every day, countless millions flock to them to marvel at the breathtaking exhibits and enjoy the fruits of scientific labor [regarding dinosaurs]. But a certain religious sect is out to spoil it all. They claim to be of the Christian faith. They claim to have the ultimate answer to all of the questions asked about the origins of earth history. They claim to be the real deal. But take a closer look at them and you will find that there is no truth in their claims. None of them ever met up with scrutiny. They were discredited and refuted many times, but these people are much to deluded to abandon them. These people, known as young earth creationists (or charlatans. A much better word for them.), are nothing more than advocates of a false doctrine that teaches that the earth is young - about 6,000 years old, that later there was a global flood, and that the universe and the earth were created within a literal 6 day-24 hour per day time period and threatens their audience to '...believe in our teachings because they are the foundation of world history. Genesis, as related in the Bible, is all about God's hand in creation."

anti Guardian Unlimited: Bad Science 2005 Oct 07
     ... resources . skepticism ...
Ben Goldacre's excellent column on bad science.

anti 2005 Jul 02
     ... September 11 . resources ...
"Back in June of 2004, I was visiting my mother at her house, when she started talking about 'Dr. Kaz,' a woman who had recently spoken at her church. My mother was obviously quite impressed with this woman, but the more she told me about 'Kaz's' story, the less believable I found it. It was quite a story, full of this woman's supposed connections to celebrity, wealth, a heroic struggle and escape from the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, miraculous recovery from injury and disease, all leading to a current humble life of poverty, and spreading a Christian message. ... Her story was so newsworthy, I felt that if it were true, I would definitely have heard about it on the radio, seen it on the TV news, or read about it on the web somewhere. Wouldn't I? Researching 'Kaz' on the web, I found frustratingly little out there about her. Finding this to be a huge 'red flag,' I continued digging at her claims, and cataloguing the holes and inconsistencies in her story."

anti Pseduo science 2005 Jul 02
     ... relativity . resources ...
"While chasing some facts for an article I'm writing I came across the page of a group calling themselves the Society for the Advancement of Autodynamics. ... What a load of rubbish. Of course it's not 'common sense', that's the point! Newton's laws 'make sense' because they are based on everyday observations, ones the average person with even a bit of sense can replicate for themselves. Special relativity, on the other hand, describes what happens when things start to move at speeds approaching the speed of light. Now, I don't know about you, but I can't think of any situations in the course of my life (so far) where I have direct experience of objects moving at that sort of velocity, apart from light itself of course. So how, without either direct experience or knowledge of the mathematics involved, is it supposed to be common sense?!?!"

anti Confessions of a Quackbuster 2005 Jul 02
     ... medicine . resources ...
"I confess to being a skeptic who is concerned about healthcare consumer protection, and therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic quackery, and other forms of so-Called 'Alternative' Medicine."

parody Your Basic Crackpot Theory of Everything 2005 Feb 12
     ... resources ...
"Have you ever considered that Absolutely Nothing actually exists? It existed before time started, along with absolutely everything. The awareness of this basic paradoxical duality, (Absolutely Everything & Absolutely Nothing coexisting simultaneously, together, intricately intertwined), caused the start of real-time."

anti Wind of Changes 2004 Nov 06
     ... new age . resources ...
"Wind of Changes is offered by ex-members of the Gentle Wind Project to former and present members of the group and to 'instrument keepers,' as an alternative viewpoint to the GWP leaders' self-promotion, claims, and publicity. These detailed accounts of exploitation by GWP leaders in the day-to-day lives of followers, and the subtleties of how commitment to the group happened, should also be helpful to family and friends of present members who are looking for answers."

anti ZetaTruth 2004 Sep 19
     ... extraterrestrials . astronomy . prophecy . resources ...
"Since 1995 Nancy has led a campaign of paranoia and disinformation in an effort to convince the general public that a rogue planet will sweep past the earth causing devastation on a level previously unheard of to modern man. She has never in the years since offered any verifiable evidence to back up her claims. She has given one failed prediction after another."

anti JFK Assassination Resources Online 2004 Jul 10
     ... conspiracy . resources ...
"David Ferrie: Presumed Guilty: In defense of Jim Garrison's favorite suspect ... In Defense of Jack Ruby: Can we be certain that Lee Harvey Oswald's killer was involved in a conspiracy? ... Oswald and Officer McDonald: Did Lee Harvey Oswald try to shoot his arresting officer in the Texas Theatre? ... Impeaching Clinton: Does solid eyewitness testimony link Oswald to some of Jim Garrison's suspects? ... The Revolutionary Senator: Remembering Bobby: RFK's legacy at Y2K ... Jerry P. Shinley Archive: Newsgroup posts pertaining to Jim Garrison, Garrison's JFK probe, and the assassination of JFK ... David Blackburst Newsgroup Archive: Newsgroup posts pertaining to Garrison's JFK probe, suspect David Ferrie, and the assassination of JFK ..."

anti American Council on Science and Health: Facts and Fears 2004 Jul 10
     ... medicine . resources ...
A blog, updated by practicing doctors, raising health issues and fighting medical fears with facts.

anti Does Aspartame Really Kill? 2004 May 23
     ... consumer advocacy . medicine . resources ...
"This website is an independent rebuttal to the hysterical pseudo-science and conspiracy mongering that propagates across the Internet concerning aspartame. My name is Matt Lowry, and my brother, Dr. Mark Lowry (who is a practicing pediatrician), and I performed independent research on this topic for about two years. After all of our research, here is our conclusion: aspartame does NOT kill, but try telling that to the hysterical and paranoid conspiracy mongers on the Internet."

anti An Editor Recalls Some Hopeless Papers 2004 Feb 26
     ... Cantor was wrong . resources ...
"I dedicate this essay to the two-dozen-odd people whose refutations of Cantor's diagonal argument have come to me either as referee or as editor in the last twenty years or so. Sadly these submissions were all quite unpublishable; I sent them back with what I hope were helpful comments. A few years ago it occurred to me to wonder why so many people devote so much energy to refuting this harmless little argument -- what had it done to make them angry with it? So I started to keep notes of these papers, in the hope that some pattern would emerge. These pages report the results. They might be useful for editors faced with similar problem papers, or even for the authors of the papers themselves. But the main message to reach me is that there are several points of basic elementary logic that we usually teach and explain very badly, or not at all." In PostScript format.

anti The Arthur T. Murray/Mentifex FAQ 2004 Feb 26
     ... technology . computer science . artificial intelligence . resources ...
"This is the home page of a document which answers frequently asked questions (FAQ) on Arthur T. Murray, a.k.a. Mentifex." Avaialble in text, HTML, and PDF formats.

anti Assassinations Foretold by Moby Dick 2003 Sep 20
     ... Bible codes . prophecy . resources ...
"It has come to my attention that some people have taken this page as claiming that Moby Dick really predicted the assassinations of famous people. Please be assured that none of these patterns happened by other than pure random chance. No laws of probability are violated here, or even stretched a little. That is also true of Drosnin's book, which is the whole point of this page. Once you learn Drosnin's rules (none) and the method (a bit of messy programming) you can find things like this anywhere. The reason it looks amazing is that the number of possible things to look for, and the number of places to look, is much greater than you imagine."

anti The Darkened Path 2003 Sep 13
     ... Big Bang . Scientific Creationism . resources ...
"The Big Bang theory is the generally accepted view of the origin of the universe. Take various axioms, all of which are consistent with every experiment ever done, do some (admittedly very complex) mathematics, and out comes the conclusion that the universe began in this way. ... Despite a ton of observations which support the theory, many people still refuse to accept it. Websites devoted to the attempt to debunk the Big Bang theory abound. They invariably do a truly piss-poor job of it. Typical of the breed is Pathlights, which presents the following arguments against the theories."

anti Pen & Teller: Bullshit! 2003 Aug 03
     ... skepticism . resources ...
"Whether demonstrating how history's most perplexing magic acts are performed in their sell-out Las Vegas show and TV specials, or producing their own series that pulls the wool off the public's eyes, Penn & Teller's mission is to expose the truth to an otherwise desperate and gullible public. In Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, the crusaders utilize principles of magic and trickery, as well as good old fashioned 'hidden camera' sting operations, to smoke out these nonsense peddlers and reveal how they operate. They also call upon the scientific community for back-up. Penn & Teller have discovered that the evidence debunking bogus operatives exists in countless books, scientific papers and government-sponsored exposes -- research that nobody else has presented to the public with such zeal, passion, and conviction. As our increasingly anti-intellectual, anti-science culture moves on each day to new crackpot subject matters, Penn & Teller are there to aggressively shoot down whack-jobs and fuzzy thinkers, no matter where they originate."

anti 2003 Aug 03
     ... Philadelphia experiment . resources ...
"This site will show you the truth about the man, who claims to be a real survivor of the famous Philadelphia Experiment." In English and German.

anti Analysis of Kent Hovind 2003 Jul 24
     ... Scientific Creationism . resources ...
"The purpose of this site is to analyze the logic and science used in the presentations of a Creation Science Evangelist named Kent Hovind. This analysis will mainly focus on objective science issues related Kent Hovind's 'seminars'. There will not be analysis of Hovind's theological position, Communist conspiracies, New World Order or Mark of the Beast claims."

anti WebRing: Anti-Quackery Ring 2003 Mar 10
     ... resources . skepticism ...
"This ring is for sites that combat and debunk health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies, and are more interested in real, objective, scientific proof, than in the speculative, subjective, and unproven theories and anecdotes of so-called Alternative Medicine. If you are sympathetic to the aims of the National Council Against Health Fraud, and you consider Quackwatch to be a reliable source of anti-quackery information, then this ring may be just what you're looking for."

links Wackos archive 2002 Aug 17
     ... resources . crankology ...
The excellent "Wackos" section on

links Insolitology: The study of crackpots on the Internet 2002 Aug 15
     ... resources . crankology ...
"Welcome to Insolitology, the site about Web oddities. Some people say that humour is only veiled derision -- here at Insolitology, all of our derision is explicit. Choose a category below and enjoy this trip into the eye of the unusual."

links Immortal Fumbles 2002 May 13
     ... crankology . resources . Usenet kooks ...
"A modest collection of intremely extelligent remarks of my favourite champion Usenet crackpots."

links The Museum of Hoaxes 2002 Mar 25
     ... hoaxes . resources ...
"A hoax is a deceptive act or scheme that plays upon the credulity of others. Great hoaxes, like the moon hoax of 1835 and the Cardiff Giant, manage to create a sense of mystery and astonishment. They force people to question their assumptions, to wonder what is real and what is not. Not so great hoaxes usually manage to be, at the very least, amusing. The worst kind of hoaxes can actually cause serious damage to people's lives and finances. In terms of deciding what to include in this site, I have relied upon a narrower, 1808 definition, taken from the Oxford English Dictionary, that describes hoaxing as 'Contriving wonderful stories for the publick.' The phrase 'for the publick' is the key part of this definition. Hoaxes, unlike mere practical jokes, are deceptive acts that are played out before a public audience. The larger the audience, the better."

links Pseudoscience 2001 Nov 18
     ... resources . science ...
"A note of caution for the gullible: Follow these links art your own risk!"

links Ratbags on the Net 2001 Oct 09
     ... skepticism . resources ...
"Welcome to Ratbags.Com, the home of the mad and the bad on the 'net. The three Ratbag Projects at the moment are 'Quintessence of the Loon,' 'The Millenium Project,' and 'Full Canvas Jacket' but we will have more craziness, weirdness and wickedness here from time to time. You can read about the people who bring you this site by clicking here."

links The Millenium Project 2001 Oct 09
     ... skepticism . resources ...
"We all know that millennium comes from the Latin words mille and annus and means a thousand years. The word millenium [sic] comes from the Latin words mille and anus and means something else. This web site is devoted to the millenium of sites which don't deserve a place on the Web. We are not putting them on a pedestal -- we are offering them a stool."

links The Skeptic Annotated Bibliography 2001 Mar 31
     ... skepticism . resources ...
"An annotated listing of books and other resources relevant to paranormal and fringe science topics, mainly from a skeptical point of view. Helpful for exploring weirdness without necessarily accepting paranormal beliefs."

links Mysteries Megasite 2001 Mar 04
     ... resources . mysteries ...
"The biggest mysteries measite on the planet Earth!"

links Quintessence of the Loon 2000 May 16
     ... resources . crankology ...
"This site is devoted to weirdness and madness on the World Wide Web, and each week I add more links to places so bizarre that you will think I am making it up. Please see the background page for some more information. The icon over at the right will lead to previous Loons of the Months who have distinguished themselves by loonity beyond the norm."

links Disinformation 2000 Apr 15
     ... resources . apocalypse . conspiracy . politics ...
"Apocalypse Now ... The Conspiracy ... Orgasmatron ... Police State ... The Revolution ... Television ..."

links Yahoo!: Science: Alternative: New Physics 1999 Dec 15
     ... resources . science ...
... is Yahoo!'s entry on alternative science.

links Yahoo!: Science: Alternative: New Physics 1999 Dec 15
     ... resources . science ...
... is Yahoo!'s entry on new, alternative physics.

links Skeptical Information Links 1999 Nov 25
     ... resources . skepticism ...
... is Jim Lippard's organized hierarchy of skeptical resources.

links Eric's Crackpot Page 1999 Oct 12
     ... resources . crankology ...
"I have a fascination with alternative delusional thinking. Hey, who knows maybe general thinking is wrong and some of these people are right ... Maybe nut cases provide a rich 'intellectual gene pool.' They may be fun to laugh at, but most crackpots are well meaning people who lead difficult lives."

links It's the End of the World as We Know It ... Again 1999 Aug 08
     ... resources . prophecy . apocalypse ...
"The following pages contain the most comprehensive collection of apocalyptic prophecies I could compile. Plus, discussion about the various types of Doomsday warnings and obsessions, quirks of the calendar, predictions of apocalypse from around the world and assorted other related stuff."

links Boundaries of Science Web Ring 1999 May 27
     ... resources . science ...
"... for web sites that have content that explores the boundaries of science. This means that the scientific method is believed in and practiced but that the applications are more imaginative than just what we were taught in school."

links Crank menagerie 1999 May 27
     ... resources . crankology . skepticism ...
"The pages collected here showcase the wide variety of strange beliefs on the Web. I assembled this list to highlight areas where I think some skeptical thinking is sorely needed. That's just what I think, but you can certainly have a look and decide for yourself!"

links Donald Simanek's Page 1999 May 27
     ... resources . science . urban legends . crankology . skepticism ...
"... is an extensive collection of links on skepticism, critiques of science, urban legends, crankism, mistakes in science, as well as a variety of others, usually with a short description of each entry."

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