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Scientific Discovery or Waste of Money?

I recently read an article (LINK) about scientists using a Ouija® board as a way to get information from the unconscious. Written by Clare Wilson, the medical features editor for NewScience, the article is actually a review and comment on a scientific paper entitled “Expression of nonconscious knowledge via ideomotor actions” by HĂ©lène L. Gauchou, Ronald A. […]

Magic and Magick

For many years, calling the illusions presented by stage performers “magic” could get you in trouble for pretending to be supernatural, even if what you were doing was comedic tricks for kids. As a result, many performers, rather than calling themselves magicians, used other terms such as “conjuror,” “juggler,” or “prestidigitator.” Aleister Crowley came up […]

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”

Popularized by astronomer Carl Sagan, the actual source of the quote I used to title this post may be from Marcello Truzzi, a co-founder of the debunking group called CISCOP. The concept, however, goes back to people such as the French astronomer Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace —usually just called “Laplace”— (“”The weight of evidence for […]

Minds Are Like Parachutes

It is important for people who practice magick to be true skeptics. Too often I have seen people perform a ritual and then get swept away into a world where chance and mere happenstance are attributed to their magickal working. Such people constantly see magickal forces (often working against them) rather than more common explanations. […]