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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.


* 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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