Analyst vs. Critic: Cryptozoology and Pseudoscience

In each installment of Analyst vs. Critic I take on an article written about suspected paranormal phenomena. I will examine the breadth and depth of the article and look for signs of bias and flawed thinking. I don’t do this…

Proper Criticism

As part of CSICOPs About page, they encourage careful, rational, critical examination of unusual claims. As a guide they recommend Ray Hyman’s paper entitled “Proper Criticism.” You can read the piece in it’s entirety here. This piece makes a lot…

What Happens When we Have a Logical Stalemate… Critics Win??

This is a common occurrence in the world of paranormal investigations; paranormal believers and skeptics face off citing what a phenomenon could be, proposing their own hypotheses. Remember a proposed explanation, even if it is rooted in scientific principle is…

Are Some Paranormal Claims Solved?

On the Skeptic.com website Michael Shermer ran a video describing skepticism. In this video he claimed ESP, dowsing and creationism have been tested so many times that they are provisionally false. If we want to be critical thinkers we should not…

Where’s the Proof? The Scientific Method Applies Both Ways

So many people want proof of the paranormal and paranormal critics are quick to say there are scientific explanation for paranormal claims. While this may be true, the burden of proof is not on paranormal investigators alone, it applies both…

Paranormal Skeptics now Called Paranormal Critics

After some more research on the history of skepticism and some deep research into the origins of the “scientific skepticism” movement I think it is no longer appropriate to address all skeptics en masse. This is an unfair generalization and…

Analyst vs. Critic: Ghost Hunting Mistakes

In each installment of Analyst vs. Critic I take on an article written about suspected paranormal phenomena. I will examine the breadth and depth of the investigation and look for signs of bias and flawed thinking. I don’t do this…

Questions Skeptics Need to Answer

I have a lot of criticism for skeptics and for the most part I think it is warranted. If you are a skeptic by any definition, but I am especially interested in responses for scientific skeptics, I have some important…

Logical Fallacies

I’m going to make more of an effort to point out logical fallacies by their actual name when I critique articles. If you are unfamiliar with logical fallacies these are flaws in reasoning. There is a great website that lists…

Analyst vs. Critic: Tracking a Kentucky Werewolf

This is an article from the Louisville Skepticism Examiner by Bruce Priddy. You can view the entire article here. Here is a key excerpt: Barton Nunnelly, who references Thompson’s story in his Mysterious Kentucky, says he “honestly felt Jan was sincere”…

How to Avoid Confirmation Bias – A Lesson for Skeptics and Believers Alike!

Confirmation bias, put simply, means we see what we want to see. Applied to paranormal research that means the biased skeptic will always find evidence to prove paranormal events are nothing special while the believer will find the opposite. This…

Analyst vs. Critic: States of Mind

In each installment of Analyst vs. Critic I take on an article written about suspected paranormal phenomena. I will examine the breadth and depth of the investigation and look for signs of bias and flawed thinking. I don’t do this…

Participation Problem: Why I Am Not Surprised We Don’t Have Proof of ParaAnything

I’ve come up with a new term to describe a fallacy in the way some skeptics view paranormal investigation; the participation problem. Many prominent skeptics are quick to criticize the community of paranormal investigators for their lack of scientific rigor…