Donald Simanek's Skeptical Documents and Links


Skepticism, Critiques of Pseudoscience.

The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.—Edith Sitwell
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Urban Legends, Hoaxes and Frauds

An "urban legend" is an unfounded fictional story, presented as if it were fact, widely believed because it has the trappings of plausibility and appeals to people's preconceptions, beliefs or prejudices.

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Science and Religion

Some things need to be believed to be seen. —Guy Kawasaki

It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence. —William Kingdon Clifford

This section also includes materials on the creation/evolution issue and links to resource materials on evolution and human origins. See Bob Schadewald's corner for more about creationism.

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Pseudoscience, Weird Science, Kookiness and Quackery

It's been my policy to view the Internet not as an 'information highway,' but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies. —Mike Royko
There's a rich mix of credulous pseudoscience and new-age claptrap here, along with skeptical, rational and scientific analyses of it. Some materials linked here might be classed as borderline or speculative science. You sort it out.

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Specific Varieties of Pseudoscience

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