New Paranormal Investigation Group: Anomalies Research Society

There’s a new paranormal investigation group started by Sharon Hill and Ken Biddle. Its called the Anomalies Research Society. Their mission: To be a respected network of ethical, evidence-based, rational investigators by reaching scientifically sound conclusions regarding extraordinary claims. We…

How Skeptics Can Prove Bigfoot is Unlikely, But Don’t

Skeptics like to say that they cannot disprove the existence of Bigfoot and leverage this as justification for saying it doesn’t exist in absence of a body. But this isn’t totally true.  To understand this issue you first have to understand…

The Ignorance of Error

Parsimony as a Worldview Science follows the law of parsimony which, put simply trusts existing knowledge over new. This is one of the biggest challenges with the paranormal; many of the claims are parsimonious so they are doomed from the…

How to Become a Paranormal Investigator

The work goes by many names; paranormal researcher, paranormal analyst, ghost hunter, paranormal investigator, cryptozoologist or even parapsychologist, but how do you get into these fields? Paranormal Investigator There is no formal training, certifications or education involved in becoming a…

Problems in Paranormal Research

Criticism of paranormal research has gone on for decades and isn’t likely to end anytime soon. And while some of this criticism is valid much of it is misguided or illogical. What’s more some of the biggest challenges facing the…

Pseudoskeptic Fallacies Inforgraphic

Illogical Tactics of Scientific Pseudo-Skeptics

   When I started this website just one year ago I was optimistic that I could find common ground between my own efforts to create critical-thinking heavy analysis techniques and the efforts of skeptics. After a great deal of searching I continue…

Michael Shermer

Image-Building for Skeptics

Skeptics have an image issue, no doubt about it. The scientific skeptic community is loved by, well, the scientific skeptic community. But many believers, the public, and the objective fence-sitters (like myself), are not entirely receptive of Skeptical messages. Now…

Just Call it a Ghost!

One of my pet peeves is the constant line by Skeptics that ghosts don’t exist or there are no such thing as ghosts. Some say this more accurately as we don’t have any evidence that ghosts exist. They are right,…

This 4th of July, Fight for Freedom!

There is a lot to be disappointed about in today’s America. We have problems with debt, international conflict, civil liberties and much more. But let us not forget the great things we still enjoy…. America is still a great place!…

The Burden of Proof is on the Claimant

One of the common lines of the paranormal critic is that the burden of proof is on the claimant. In other words those that believe in the paranormal are burdened with the task of proving it. On the surface, this…

“The Unpersuadables” – A New Book for Branding Believers as Idiots

It’s a growing and rather effective trend by the skeptic and scientific community – Label those that don’t agree with you as unreasonable, unintelligent and most of all, not worth the effort of listening too. A new book has been…

Bad Psychic – How Fake Psychics Can Stop the Search for Real Ones

One of the big stories in the psychic world over the last few months is the psychic fraud, Rosa Mark. Rosa used fake psychic predictions to con a wealthy couple out of millions of dollars. As a result, she’ll be…

Proof That There is No Sixth Sense… I’ll Examine The Facts

A new study was published in Plos One leading many to claim that there is no sixth sense. As you can imagine paranormal critics are happy to see a science-based explanation for the claim of sixth sense… But let’s dig…