Science, Pseudo-Science, Religion, and Skepticism (Skeptical files 2)
Additional files covering Creationism and the hoaxes that Creationists
attempt to pull.
10COMCHM.ZIP The 10 Commandments of Problems in Chemistry Class
93PREDS.ZIP CSICOP's press release detailing failed 'psychic' predictions for 1993
AIDSCNSP.ZIP Paranoid conspiracy theory about how the US government created AIDS to kill of homosexuals and non-whites
AIDSHIV.ZIP Does HIV cause AIDS? What is the evidence? Why do some claim it doesn't?
AMINOSPC.ZIP Amino acid (a building block of life) found in space!
ARGULGIC.ZIP How to construct a logical argument, and some logical fallacies debaters often fall into
ARP220.ZIP GIF and description -- Hubble true-color pic of ARP220, demonstrating a new class of object: gigantic young star clusters
ASTRLET.ASC Your favorite sysop's letter to the Editor of the Chicago Tribune about story on astrology -- as printed in the paper
ASTRLFAQ.ZIP Frequently Asked Questions list from UseNet's Alt.Astrology newsgroup. -- Good summary of what astrologers believe. -- Added comment by Temples of Syrinx Sysop.
ASTROLOG.ZIP AAAS meeting/survey about astrology, who believes, and why
ASTROTRV.ZIP Some astronomy trivia
ATHEIST.DEF Definition of an a-theist, by Christopher Baker
ATHFAQ.ZIP Usenet's Alt.Atheist Frequently Asked Questions File (plus sidenotes)
BAKERLET.ZIP Dr. Robert Baker responds to discussion about hypnosis and false memories in MUFON journal
BEAVER.ZIP Mysterious 'giant' beaver in Moline -- nicknamed 'Nessie'
BIBLEERR.ZIP Some of the discrepancies in the Bible reviewed
BIBLERR2.ZIP More discrepancies in the Bible reviewed ('comprehensive errata')
BIBLWTCH.ZIP Does the Bible really say anything about 'witches', or is it just a common misunderstanding?
BIGBANG.ZIP Quotes and info about COBE results
BIOS1.ZIP GIF & description -- 1st image of the global biosphere, showing land & sea plant life patterns
BREASTHP.ZIP State sues man for claiming he can enlarge women's breasts thru hypnosis
BRITSRA.ZIP British government report finds that widespread accusations of Satanic Ritual Abuse are false. How did the evangelicals respond?
BRLTZPYR.ZIP Berlitz is all wet about pyramid under water in Bermuda Triangle
BUCKY.ZIP Creates and animates a bucky ball (buckminster fullerene) -- cool!
CBS-SUN.ZIP How Sun Pictures treated one skeptic who they wanted to play the straw man for a show (Sun made Ancient Secrets of the Bible and the Noah's Ark show)
CHANNEL.ZIP CSICOP Exec. Council challenges channelers to be tested, and urges public to be cautious of their claims
CHIROQAK.ZIP Chiropractic and quackery -- good info
CIS.ZIP Messages dealing with the 'CSICOP- Bashing' on CompuServe
CITASKEP.ZIP Archive of messages from the Citadel bbs network's Skeptic conference
CLEMENTI.ZIP Exhaustive description of the recent Clementine space launch, which will closely examine the moon and an asteroid
CONSPROT.ZIP Consumer Protection For Psychic Fraud
CRYBABY.ZIP Philip J. Klass responds to an article (sTARBABY) published in FATE magazine, dealing with CSICOP.
CRYONFAQ.ZIP Usenet Frequently Asked Questions and answers about Cryonics (freezing dead people to hopefully revive later)
CSICOPFN.ZIP 1st Archive of postings from the CSICOP area of Cleveland Freenet
DAYPRAY.ZIP Amusing story about how David Rice spent his 'National Day of Prayer'
DCSKEPS.ZIP Article about National Capital Area Skeptics (D.C. local skeptics group)
DEFNDSEC.ZIP In defense of secularism
DEMONDOC.ZIP How religious superstition has hindered medical advancement
DRAKEEQN.ZIP Info about the Drake Equation -- used to estimate possibility of life existing elsewhere
DRDEBUNK.ZIP Article about Paul Kurtz, founder of CSICOP and CODESH
DTN.ZIP How to have an 'out of body experience'. Inadvertently funny!
DUESBERG.ZIP Abstracts by Peter Duesberg, who says HIV does not cause AIDS
ECLIPSE.ZIP Eclipses in history
EINSTEIN.ZIP 'Religion and Science' by Albert Einstein
ENDWORLD.ZIP Korean 'cult' causes disturbances while waiting for the end of the world last Oct.
ETTECHDT.ZIP Detectability of Extra-Terrestrial Technological Activity (Scientific approach -- not UFOs)
EXORCISE.ZIP Woman dies during 'exorcism' of demons
EXORCIS2.ZIP Update on situation of woman who died during 'exorcism' -- manslaughter charges may be filed (See also EXORCISM.ZIP)
EXORPSYC.ZIP Psychologist loses license for performing exorcisms as treatment
FABPROPH.ZIP 'The Fabulous Prophecies of the Messiah' by James Lippard -- Did Jesus make specific prophecies? Did they come true? What does this mean for those who claim Bible inerrancy?
FACLCOMM.ZIP 'Facilitated Communication: Mental Miracle or Sleight of Hand?' (from SKEPTIC magazine)
FALLACY.ZIP List and description of logical fallacies often used in argument (put together by 'Crunchy Frog' of Internet)
FUMELADY.ZIP Woman brought to emergency room -- fumes from her blood knocks out several E.R. personnel! What caused it? (See also FUMEREP.ZIP)
FUMEREP.ZIP State's report is out on case where fumes from dying woman's body supposedly knocked out ER personnel. Was it a toxin or psychological? (See also FUMELADY.ZIP)
GALILEO.ZIP Roman Catholic Church FINALLY admits that Galileo was right, and 'pardons' him
GENIUS.ZIP Observations on 'Genius' and categorization of 'Genius', articles by Steve Allen & Paul MacCready (from SKEPTIC magazine)
GHOSTSUT.ZIP Man sues ghost. Need I say more?
GOODMAN.ZIP 'Scientific Inference and Goodman's Paradox' -- about inductive reasoning
GULFSYN.ZIP Is 'Gulf War Syndrome' a real disease or a psychological illness caused by mass hysteria? Should our government be shelling out $$$ to people who suffer from it?
HALLOWEN.ZIP History of Halloween
HERESY2.ZIP Yup, more Bible contradictions
HOAXHIST.ZIP A history of hoaxes
HOMEOBGS.ZIP New experiment shows that earlier French homeopathy experiment had bogus results
HOMEOQST.ZIP Skeptic discusses questions he asked of a homeopath on a radio show
HOUDINI.ZIP Annual Houdini seance to be held -- he said that if there is an afterlife, he'd come back and decode a message
HRMSNASA.ZIP High Resolution Microwave Survey, part of NASA's SETI program, report on first few months
HUMANIST.ZIP Messages and articles about CSICOP and humanists, and how they are related (or not)
HVYELEM.ZIP Heaviest Element in the world found! Administratium! (Funny!)
ICONSTOL.ZIP Jeweled 'miraculous' icon is stolen, returned minus jewels, insurance company suspects possible hoax
IGNOBEL.ZIP 3rd annual Ig Nobel awards, including one going to UFO researchers
INTROATH.ZIP An introduction to atheism, from Usenet
ITBGHLET.ZIP Your Favorite Sysop's letter to the Illinois Times about Bovine Growth Hormone, in response to a woman who said it causes all sorts of nasty side effects (printed 8/18/94)
ITCULTS.ZIP Your Favorite Sysop's letter to the editor of Illinois Times about 'cults' (printed Oct. 28)
JUPCOMET.ZIP Info on the comet that is on a collision course with Jupiter
JWGEN.ZIP Some general info on the Jehovah's Witnesses, by several skeptics (see also JW*.ZIP files in evolution/creation file area)
LIARS.ZIP Series of messages on how to (supposedly) beat a lie-detector test
MAKNGJES.ZIP Summary of Robert Sheaffer's book, _The Making of the Messiah_, which challenges many Christian stories
MARSOBS.ZIP Series of messages from Mars Observer Principle Investigator about plans to map Mars and regarding 'face on Mars' conspiracies -- written before Observer went silent
MARSSCNC.ZIP SCIENCE Magazine on the Mars Observer and the supposed conspiracy to hide the 'face'
MARSVIBE.ZIP Group (including woman with pyramid on her head) meditates to try to fix Mars Observer. Needless to say, it didn't work.
MASSHYST.ZIP Several examples of mass hysteria: phantom anesthetist of Matoon, IL, 'poison gassing' of Israeli school, etc.
METEOR93.ZIP Info on meteor showers during 1993
NCAHFLGL.ZIP National Council Against Health Fraud pamphlet on avoiding legal problems while combatting fraud and quackery
NCSEFN.ZIP 1st Archive of postings from the National Center for Science Education area of Cleveland Freenet
NESSFISH.ZIP Is the Loch Ness Monster a sturgeon? Scientific studies examine possible weight/size of 'Nessie'.
NESSHOAX.ZIP British paper says famous photo of Loch Ness monster was a hoax. Two articles on the subject.
NEWROCKT.ZIP Info on new rocket which can take off, 'hover', move horizontally, and land -- but it's not an alien spaceship
NEWROKT2.ZIP More info on the DC-X rocket, a single-stage rocket which will hopefully be able to land using rockets, not wheels or in water (see NEWROCKT.ZIP)
NOFTL.ZIP Excerpts from one of Prof. Milton Rothman's books, explaining why faster-than-light travel is not possible
NOSTGULF.ZIP Some Nostradamus quatrains that supposedly seem to have something to do with the Gulf War and the rest of the century
NUTINDX.ZIP Use this handy-dandy index to determine if somebody's proposing 'crackpot' (no relation to me) theories
OBSRPT.ZIP Final report on what went wrong with Mars Observer and what probably occurred to make it 'disappear'
PEPSHOAX.ZIP Hoaxers who claimed to find needles in Pepsi are being prosecuted. Shows that people WILL hoax for fame and attempted fortune.
PERIODIC.ZIP Program which gives info on all the elements of the periodic chart (requires EGA)
PHOBOSEN.ZIP What really caused the 'mysterious' end of the Phobos satellite?
PHYSFAQ.ZIP UseNet Sci.Physics Frequently Asked Questions List
PLANETS.ZIP Evidence found for planets outside our solar system
PMOTION1.ZIP History of perpetual motion nonsense
PMOTION2.ZIP One particular perpetual motion hoax
PMOTION3.ZIP More on perpetual motion hoaxes
POLYBEAT.ZIP How to beat a polygraph -- they can't really detect lies
POLYFAIL.ZIP Accused spy Ames took, and apparently beat, polygraph tests. Are they worth anything?
PREDICTS.X90 Bay Area Skeptics review 'psychics' predictions from 1990.
PREDICTS.X91 Bay Area Skeptics review 'psychics' predictions from 1991.
PRNMLLET.ZIP Skeptic echo participant's letter to publisher who puts out paranormal claptrap
PROPER_C.ZIP Ray Hyman's 'famous' article on Proper Criticism by skeptics
PROPHDSC.ZIP Disclaimer which appeared on 'Ancient Prophecies' show, which aired on NBC in spring 1994.
PROTECT.ZIP Bob Steiner on how to protect yourself from a con artist
PROVENEG.ZIP Is it possible to prove a negative?
PSYDTLET.ASC Your favorite sysop's letter to the Trib about psychic detectives (unprinted)
QUACKTHR.ZIP Characterization of Quack Theories, by Russell Turpin
RANDCULT.ZIP 'The Unlikeliest Cult in History' by Michael Shermer, article about Ayn Rand's cult-like group (from SKEPTIC magazine)
RANDFAQ.ZIP Frequently Asked Questions about Ayn Rand, her views, politics, philosophies, etc.
RANDGUID.ZIP Objectivist Resource Guide -- All sorts of info about Ayn Rand-related groups, lists, etc.
RANDI2.ZIP Message from James 'The Amazing' Randi, about a famous supposed psychic's behavior in Australia
RANDISKP.ZIP James 'The Amazing' Randi reports from the paranormal trenches -- from SKEPTIC Magazine
RELIGQOT.ZIP Founding Fathers' quotes about organized religion -- gathered by David Rice of The Skeptic Tank
RESDEFN.ZIP Definitions of terms often found in research papers (humor!)
RNDCHALL.ZIP James Randi has a challenge for federal & state agencies -- test extraordinary claims and end some of the confusion they cause
RSNHEALR.ZIP Popular Russian faith healer elected to parliament under ultranationalist party banner
SCI-IG.ZIP Poll shows that many Americans are interested in science, but they are also ignorant about it
SCIENTOL.ZIP Critique/history of Scientology (Note: This file was written and/or distributed by another religious cult who may be trying to 'win' readers over. However, info may still be valid.)
SCIMYTHS.ZIP Myths about science and the paranormal, by Milton Rothman (article which he later expanded into a book)
SCIWITCH.ZIP Spirits, Witches, & Science: Why the rise in science increased belief in the supernatural in 17th Century England (from SKEPTIC magazine)
SEATTLE.ZIP Pseudo-science and skepticism come to Seattle for lectures & convention
SETIACCL.ZIP Arthur C. Clarke's appeal to continue funding of High Resolution Microwave Survey/Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (HRMS SETI) program
SHC.ZIP A little info on 'spontaneous human combustion' and a GIF of the results of one supposed occurence
SHTLBOOM.ZIP Info about sonic booms and the space shuttle
SJRALTMD.ZIP Letter to the Editor of the SJR about alternative medicine, by your favorite Sysop -- Printed 9/12/93
SKEPBOX.ZIP Article about 8/93's 'Skeptic's Toolbox' conference being put on by CSICOP in Oregon
SKEPCONV.ZIP Skeptics come to Seattle for annual convention -- why is the paranormal so popular now?
SKEPCON2.ZIP Press conference during CSICOP's annual conference -- quotes from Carl Sagan, Phil Klass, etc.
SKEPCON3.ZIP Knowledge gap is a formula for disaster, according to Carl Sagan at Seattle CSICOP convention
SKEPCON4.ZIP Article about a number of topics discussed at the recent CSICOP convention, including false memories, alien abductions, etc.
SKEPCON5.ZIP Debate at CSICOP convention: should we demand evidence of alien abductions, or believe (as John Mack does) that it's another reality beyond our testing?
SKEPDBNK.ZIP What's a 'debunker'? What's a 'skeptic'? What's the difference? Rick Moen discusses such terminology.
SKEPFAQ.ZIP Frequently Asked Questions list for Usenet's sci.skeptic newsgroup
SKEPMAN.ZIP A Skeptical Manifesto, by Michael Shermer of the Skeptics Society (from SKEPTIC magazine)
SKEPTIC.DEF Anson Kennedy defines skepticism
STRECKER.ZIP The Straight Dope on Strecker and his ideas about AIDS, conspiracy, etc.
TAKEN4.XTY Description of some symbols taken by Christianity from other religions
TAOSHUM.ZIP Article about the 'Taos hum' -- mysterious humming noise that bothers some residents in NM and elsewhere
TEACHKID.ZIP A secular humanist answers the question, 'So what do you teach your kids?' which religious people often ask
THEIST15.ASC 'The Unacknowledged Revolution' (of religious thinking) by Kennan Herrick
THEORYDF.ZIP Definition of 'theory' vs. 'hypothesis', now (10/26) with added update quote on 'theory'
THINKING.ZIP 'Thinking Well and Thinking Logically', by Mark Hodes
TIMETRVL.ZIP 'Time Travel and the Laws of Physics' (An exercise in speculation), by Joey Swails
TURIN.ZIP Article on the Shroud of Turin, and how some have ignored the obvious evidence that it is a fake
VAMPLIST.ZIP In case you ever bump into a vampire, have this handy-dandy list of vampires by nationality ready!
VEGGIE.ZIP The Straight Dope on whether or not man is 'naturally' a vegetarian
VITAPROV.ZIP FDA says manufacturers of dietary supplements must now prove their claims or not put them on labels
YOGIMOZM.ZIP Maharishi Mahesh Yogi says war-torn Mozambique needs to meditate to solve all their problems and create heaven on earth
THEIST15.ZIP 'The Unacknowledged Revolution' (of religious thinking) by Kennan Herrick
WARNKE.ZIP Christians debunk alleged former Satanist
WHYNOTXT.ZIP 'Why I Am Not A Christian' -- lecture given at the S. London Branch of the Nat'l Secular Soc., 1927
10COMCHM.ZIP No description yet
S-H-SJR.ZIP Letter to the Editor of the SJR from Your Favorite Sysop about (now former) Illinois Senate candidate Ellen Schanzle-Haskins and her support of psuedo-science in the form of a local 'ps
URILOSES.ZIP Uri Geller loses libel suit against Prometheus Books
USGSDOWS.ZIP U.S. Geological Survey pamphlet of info about 'dowsing'
IGNOB94.ZIP 4th annual Ig Nobel awards!
MILITCNS.ZIP Article ostensibly on militias forming across country, but also addresses some of the conspiracies being bandied about (UN troops training to take over US, anti-American survey given to
PENNVIOL.ZIP Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) on TV violence, Janet Reno, Paul Simon, and related topics
AUSGUIDE.ZIP Australian Psychological Society guidelines to dealing with patients and 'recovered memories'
CANGUID.ZIP Canada adopts stricter guidelines for the use of 'repressed memories' in court
COURSUIT.ZIP Authors of _The Courage to Heal_ (incest 'survivors' bible) sued for allegedly causing false memories -- case dismissed on 1st Amendment grounds
ENGLISH.ZIP British study shows that there is no evidence to support accusations of satanic abuse, cults, etc.
FELLSAC2.ZIP More about the Mass. daycare Fells Acre case (see FELLSACR.ZIP)
JUDASTRL.ZIP Astrology and Judaism In Late Antiquity: A Dissertation by Lester J. Ness. 1990.
RUSHF.ZIP Transcript of Rush Limbaugh's Radio Show From Monday, June 27,1994. The asshole's 'ten commandments from the Religious Left
ELFCANCR.ZIP Electronics linked to cancer?
BADMED.ZIP Bad Medicine
AIR94-7.ZIP Mini-AIR (Annals of Improbable Research -- from the people who brought you the Journal of Irreproducible Results), Issue 94-07 (Nov. '94)
AIR94-8.ZIP Mini-AIR, Issue 1994-08 (Dec. '94)
FC-APA.ZIP American Psychological Association statement on the use of Facilitated Communication -- unproven and unscientific!
RILEYFAQ.ZIP FAQ about Riley G, infamous on Internet for his psychic claims, but often known as a 'Psychic Defective'
ABDINMND.ZIP Are abduction experiences due to brain electrical activity? Is it all in the mind? Susan Blackmore article from _New Scientist_
DOLLAR.MAS THE 'MASONIC' DOLLAR BILL
PHOBEA.MIN Fast Phobia Cure (also known as 6-Minute Phobia Cure)
CHAC06.ZIP Earth Changes 006C - Comments from the People
CHAC07.ZIP Earth Changes 007C - Comments from the People
CHAND4.ZIP Earth Changes 005 - Time Schedule
CHANEL.ZIP Earth Changes - Body Changes -001
CHAD06.ZIP Earth Changes 006 - Dated Prophesies Effective 10-1-94
CHAD07.ZIP Earth Changes 007 - Dated Prophesies Effective 10-26-94
CHANEL02.ZIP Earth Changes 002 - Time Schedule
CHAU06.ZIP Earth Changes 006U - Undated Prophesies
SPACGATE.ZIP Space Gate. The USA government conspires with demons (UFOs) to take over the universe. No, really!!!!
RAH9411.ZIP No description yet
RUNE1194.ZIP No description yet
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Science, Pseudo-Science, Religion, and Skepticism (Skeptical files 2) Additional files covering Creationism and the hoaxes that Creationists attempt to pull.