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This is the main index for issues dealing with skepticism, critical thinking, logic and arguments. The first section is Critical Thinking itself - how to think about claims and arguments you hear, how to critique arguments, and how to formulate your own arguments such that they are more likely to be sound and valid.

The second section is about Skeptical Investigations - the practical application of the critical thinking skills covered in the first section. Here you will find critiques of things like astrology, alternative medicine, parapsychology, the New Age and more.


Skepticism and the Paranormal: Recent News
Wondering about what has been going on in the world when it comes to skepticism and claims of the paranormal? It seems like there is always something new going on - crop circles, bigfoot, psychics, astrologers, faith hearling, etc. Staying current on what is happening isn't easy, but here you have a handy index about all sorts of news stories dealing with paranormal claims and general skepticism. Included as well are reviews of recent books on these issues.

Highlights:
• Faith and Healing
• False Memory Syndrome
• Psychic Scams Profiled
• Nazi Aliens in Germany


Logic & Critical Thinking
What is the best way to approach or deal with complicated claims? What is the best way to apply logic in order to construct sound arguments? What are logical fallacies in how can they wreck an argument? What other sorts of common errors do people make when creating arguments? What can science and philosophy do to help us in our arguments?

Highlights:
• Logical Fallacies
• Flaws in Reasoning
• Logic & Arguments
• What is Philosophy?
• What is Science?


Skeptical Investigations
What is the best way to approach or deal with complicated claims? What is the best way to apply logic in order to construct sound arguments? What are logical fallacies in how can they wreck an argument? What other sorts of common errors do people make when creating arguments? What can science and philosophy do to help us in our arguments?

Highlights:
• Cold Reading
• Alternative Medicine
• Astrology
• The New Age
• Repressed Memories

Further Reading

Recently Reviewed Books on the Paranormal
Is there a 'paranormal' world out there, where psychic powers work, where astrology can predict your future, and where aliens come and visit us in UFOs? Some people certainly think so, but others are doubtful and write skeptical critiques about those beliefs. Learn here about some of the best books describing and critiquing paranormal beliefs.

Recently Reviewed Books on Science & Skepticism
Every year there are hundreds of books published which deal with science a skepticism, some of which deserve a closer look. A few of those are reviewed here on this site. Find out more about these books and also the skeptical, scientific approach to nature.

Recently Reviewed Books on Evolution & Creationism
The debate over evolution and creationism can be very divisive in the United States. Which is the best explanation of the current diversity of life on Earth? Should both be taught in public schools? Are both evolution and creationism science, religion, or pseudoscience?

Recently Reviewed Books on Philosophy
What is philosophy? Is philosophy valuable? How does one 'do' philosophy? Is philosophy at all useful when it comes to understanding current events and living a better life?

Recently Reviewed Books on Alternative Medicine
What is alternative medicine? Does it do any good? Why do people pay money for it? There are a lot of books out there which promote various alternative treatments, like homeopathy and acupuncture, but not as many which take a skeptical, critical look at the industry.

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