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“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. […]

Cold Fusion, Pseudo-Skepticism, and Magick

On Roy Stemman’s Paranormal Review blog there is a fascinating article on cold fusion. Cold fusion is the idea of creating nuclear fusion—where multiple atomic nuclei join together to form a single heavier nucleus—at or near room temperature. A side effect of this is a massive release of energy. Regular fusion, the physical source of […]