One of the things that’s challenging about the blog format we use here at Skeptic North is that it’s temporally-bounded. Articles get published, blasted out via RSS and social networks, and (hopefully) read — but then get buried in a flurry of newer material. Skeptic North has now passed the 18 month mark, and in that time we’ve amassed nearly 450 articles on a wide range of subjects. Rather than let then moulder away in our archives, this new series will attempt to re-introduce you to some of our highlights from years past. Each month, we’ll hand select five articles from previous years that we think are worth a second look — either because they’re timeless, or are once-again timely.
Five of our skeptical best from from Mays past…
Relevant once again in the wake of recent events in Japan, Kim explains why the perception that earthquakes are on the rise is merely a quirk of our cognitive design.
Scott’s excellent talk at the Centre for Inquiry looks at the reasons why people choose alternative treatments over science-based medicine, and what conventional healthcare needs to do to win them back.
Mitchell dissects the naturalistic fallacy at the heart of naturopaths’ recommendation of organic foods.
How friendly will the “visitors” be? Jon covers the spat between Stephen Hawking and former Canadian Defence Minister / Born-Again UFOlogist Paul Hellyer, arguing that Hellyer’s view of the world denigrates the accomplishments of our best & brightest minds.
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