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An irregular exploration of the ongoing struggle between the power of rational discourse and the scientific method on one hand, and the forces of superstition and dogma on the other.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
by Carl Sagan
(A review)

The Doubter's Companion:
by John Ralston Saul (Excerpts)

Skeptic Magazine:

Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal:

A poem by Yehuda Amichai:
The Place Where We Are Right

The Meaning of -- the Island of -- Doubt
More Doubtful Blogs
Carl Zimmer
Chris C. Mooney
Chet Raymo
SciAm Perspectives Panda's Thumb
Other Worthy Blogs
Rob Cottingham
John Gushue
Derek Raymaker
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Random Douglas Adams quote

By doubting we come to inquiry; and through inquiry we perceive truth.
--- Peter Abelard

Undisguised clarity is easily mistaken for arrogance.
-- Richard Dawkins

As for evolution, it happened. Deal with it.
-- Michael Shermer.

May-October 2005 Archives

Oct. 7 -- Salmon of Doubt
Sept. 19 -- Silly Season
Sept. 14 -- Death of Decency
Sept. 8 -- Problem of Evil
Sept. 2 -- Why Katrina?
Aug. 30 -- Katrina Degrees
Aug. 23 -- Sketchy Argument
Aug. 16 -- Is It Getting Hot?
Aug. 9 -- To Boldly Go
Aug. 3 -- What Miracle?
Aug. 1 -- The X Factor
July 26 -- Cool to the Truth
July 19 -- Because I Said So
July 12 -- Confidence vs. Faith
July 5 -- Fusion Confusion
June 28 -- Against the Wall
June 21 -- Alarum of the Deep
June 16 -- Castration of Public Broadcasting
June 7 -- History Will Teach Us Nothing
May 31 -- Museum Piece
May 24 -- Vector of a Weird Disease
May 17 -- Coal-miners' Daughters
May 10 -- Repent or Resign
May 3 -- Climate of Bias