Facebook's bans on anti-vax adverts and QAnon groups fail to deal with how misinformation really spreads on their platform

No, the COVID-19 app does not share your data with the police

Claims that the official COVID-19 app shares information with the police are simply unfounded, and only undermine test and trace efforts.

Rebecca Fox on… Interpretative Drift

Interpretive Drift is a term used by cultural anthropologists to describe how people come to their beliefs - often without conscious deliberation.

Has the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increase in ghostly encounters?

With pandemic-related anxiety and stress causing an increase in experience of sleep paralysis, we may well see an uptick in paranormal belief.

Featured

The Curse of Monster Island: a four year experiment in unmoderated free speech

A forum for unmoderated free speech quickly became a place to showcase the worst aspects of human nature, with grim consequences.

The Ockham Awards 2020: recognising the best in skepticism, and the worst in pseudoscience

Nominations for the 2020 Ockham Awards are now open, with our annual award for Skeptical Activism and our Rusty Razor award for pseudoscience.

Society

Rebecca Fox on… Interpretative Drift

Interpretive Drift is a term used by cultural anthropologists to describe how people come to their beliefs - often without conscious deliberation.

The Curse of Monster Island: a four year experiment in unmoderated free speech

A forum for unmoderated free speech quickly became a place to showcase the worst aspects of human nature, with grim consequences.

Paranormal

Has the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increase in ghostly encounters?

With pandemic-related anxiety and stress causing an increase in experience of sleep paralysis, we may well see an uptick in paranormal belief.

Fairies Dancing in a Ring

This image of fairies dancing in a ring comes dates from around 1600 and was in its original form a woodcut, before appearing in an issue of The Strand magazine in 1892.

The Atacama mummy: putting together the pieces of an “Archaeology bombshell”

While the Daily Express recently declared mummified remains found in the Atacama Desert to be an "Archaeology bombshell", Archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity offers an alternate explanation.

Electrician Sheds Light on Viral Birmingham Ghost Mystery

Hayley Stevens explains how the recent ghost captured on a Birmingham CCTV camera may have a far more mundane explanation.

Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft

Deborah Hyde reports from the Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford.

The Curse of Monster Island: a four year experiment in unmoderated free speech

A forum for unmoderated free speech quickly became a place to showcase the worst aspects of human nature, with grim consequences.

Donald Rooum (1928 – 2019): Cartoonist, Campaigner and Skeptic

Deborah Hyde remembers the cartoonist, campaigner, skeptic and humanist Donald Rooum, creator of the long-running Sprite strip for The Skeptic.

Rectal ozone therapy: Brazil’s latest COVID-19 pseudoscience

Brazil's rectal ozone therapy may sound ridiculous, but the reach of the pseudoscience movement is no joke

An Unhealthy Dose of Viral Conspiracy

As conspiracy theories flood social media and users struggle to tell fact from fiction, we need to find better ways to stop misinformation from spreading.

Chiropractors love to claim their treatments are ‘individualised’, but they’re wrong

Although practitioners like to claim chiropractic is individualised, in reality patients are offered the same treatment plan, whatever their complaint

The Development of the Skeptic Movement – Part 2

Claire Klingenberg continues her look back over the history of skepticism around the world, from the adoption of scientific principles in the 1930s to the movement we see today.

Alternative Medicine

Rectal ozone therapy: Brazil’s latest COVID-19 pseudoscience

Brazil's rectal ozone therapy may sound ridiculous, but the reach of the pseudoscience movement is no joke

Chiropractors love to claim their treatments are ‘individualised’, but they’re wrong

Although practitioners like to claim chiropractic is individualised, in reality patients are offered the same treatment plan, whatever their complaint

Netflix’s (Un)Well leaves me (Un)Impressed

(Un)Well's false balance and fence-sitting is a missed opportunity to demonstrate the real harms of the wellness industry

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Science

Are digital pregnancy tests simply taking the pee?

Digital pregnancy tests might look like another example of expensive e-waste, but we should look more carefully about their use and accessibility before we rush to condemn.

(False) Memories of Childhood

On 5 October 2017, I, along with four other memory researchers, read out an essay on memory in front of an audience at the...