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Much of the idiocy on the web is supported by an appeal to misguided or weird science. The sites listed here provide an antidote to the pseudoscience and junk science that threatens to deceive us and rot our brains on a daily basis. (A list of sites based on faulty science can be found at The Millenium Project.)

Articles and other comments in The Millenium Project relevant to pseudoscience.

Some articles by other people.

An essay I wrote about skepticism, following the events of September 11, 2001

books about real science.

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Books relating to other categories can be found here.


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All Elementary Mathematics - Online Mathematical School

Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie

Sometimes you meet people who need one of these to keep the conspiracy rays out. Here are the instructions.

American Council on Science and Health

Founded in 1978, and directed and advised by the world's leading scientists, physicians, and policy advisors ó ACSH is a non-profit, consumer education organization dedicated to providing the public with mainstream scientific information on issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health.

Americans for Medical Progress

"Americans for Medical Progress is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect society's investment in research. To that end, we promote public understanding of and support for the appropriate role of animals in biomedical research so that scientists are able to continue their quest for cures and improved methods of treatment for illness, injury and disease".

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal (NASA)

Fools say that nobody has been to the moon. Read the truth here.

Are you a quack?

The Aspartame Home Page

This site has been developed to provide comprehensive information about Aspartame and serve as a reference for sound, scientific data.

"Australasian Science" magazine

Australian & New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science

Australian & New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science - Victorian Division

Australian Clinical Trials

"Clinical trials are the future of our health care. New interventions for all diseases - including cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma - have been developed through clinical research. Clinical trials are helping to develop new interventions that will help people live longer and have less pain or disability"

The Australian False Memory Association

"The Australian False Memory Association abhors child abuse. It is concerned about the serious individual and social effects of Recovered Memories. This includes the impact on the accusers, those who recover false memories of child abuse, and individuals and families devastated by false accusation. All are victims of memory".

Australian Skeptics

Bad Astronomy (Phil Plait)

Bad Psychics

Bad Science (ABF) (Alistair B. Fraser)

Bad Science (BG) (Ben Goldacre)

Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit

Carl Sagan's classic essay on the identification of nonsense.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

CHEM4KIDS

"If you are looking for basic chemistry information, stay on this site. It's not just for kids, it's for everyone. We have information on matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry"

Clavius Moon Base - debunking the moon hoax

Climate Change Denial (George Marshall)

"This blog explores the topic of the psychology of climate change denial - with observations and anecdotes about our weird and disturbed response to the problem. It seeks to answer a question that has puzzled me for years: why, when the evidence is so strong, and so many agree that this is our greatest problem, are we doing so little about climate change?"

Climate Outreach and Information Network

"Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN) is a charity formed in 2004 to directly engage the public about climate change".

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP)

The complete work of Charles Darwin

This site currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150 ancillary texts are also included, ranging from secondary reference works to contemporary reviews, obituaries, published descriptions of Darwin's Beagle specimens and important related works for understanding Darwin's context.

Darwin Manuscripts Project

Debunking Thought Field Therapy (Brandon Gaudiano)

Denialism Blog (Mark Hoofnagle)

"Here we will discuss the problem of denialists, their standard arguing techniques, how to identify denialists and/or cranks, and discuss topics of general interest such as skepticism, medicine, law and science"

Diffusion Radio

"If you like a good, broad mix of Science - new science, hard science, pop science, historical science and very silly science, listen to Diffusion"

Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division (Tom Way)

A beautiful spoof demonstrating the nonsensical nature of most of the anti-chemical scaremongers.

Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Embiggen Books

An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural (James Randi)

An online, searchable edition of Randi's classic collections of definitions of nonsense.

The Encyclopedia of Life

"Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Our goal is to create a constantly evolving encyclopedia that lives on the Internet, with contributions from scientists and amateurs alike. To transform the science of biology, and inspire a new generation of scientists, by aggregating all known data about every living species. And ultimately, to increase our collective understanding of life on Earth, and safeguard the richest possible spectrum of biodiversity".

False Memory Syndrome Foundation

Does it matter if someone has a false belief about the past? Most of the time it doesn't. Sometimes, however, false beliefs cause great harm, not only to the people who hold them, but also to others. This site provides information about how some false beliefs about memory have seriously harmed the believers, their families and other innocent individuals.

Friends of Science in Medicine

Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) is an association of concerned scientists, clinicians and members of the public who support a rigorous application of the best science to any health-related profession and oppose health education and practice not based on convincing scientific evidence.

Hawk/Handsaw (Paul Wilson)

Hell's News Stand

"Because Crazy Never Sleeps"

"Issues" magazine

James Randi Educational Foundation

Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies

Math Goodies is a free math help site featuring interactive math lessons, homework help, worksheets, forums, and more. Our award-winning site has over 400 pages of activities for students, teachers and parents.

Patent Searching Database

"FreePatentsOnline.com provides fast, easy-to-use access to millions of patents and patent applications"

Periodic Table

Probability and Statistics -- from MathWorld

The abuse or misunderstanding of statistics is endemic in pseudoscience. This site explains many of the tests and terms used in statistics. (Warning - lots of maths, but generally understandable by a lay person.)

Pseudodoxia Epidemica : or, Enquiries Into very many Received Tenents And commonly presumed Truths. (Sir Thomas Browne)

Sir Thomas Browne's great 1646 treatise on fallible thinking and self-deception.

Quantum Quackery (Victor J. Stenger)

RationalWiki

Reality Check

"Reality Check is a weekly radio show hosted by Tony Pitman and broadcast on JOY 94.9 FM in Melbourne, Australia. Each week Reality Check brings you a round-up of LGBT world news and a movie review, plus a heavy dose of critical thinking and skeptical analysis of pseudoscience and the paranormal. Psychics, ghosts, UFOs, astrology, diets, alternative medicines and much more all come under the critical eye"

Recovered Memory Therapy in Australia

"Unregulated counsellors and psychotherapists present a real threat to ordinary Australian families. RMT is nothing less than 'trial by therapy'. Mothers and fathers are presumed guilty: there is virtually no defence".

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science


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