Michael Shermer generously explains to occasional sparring partner how to bend spoons non-paranormally.
Debate over the goals and methods of capital-S Skepticism rages on
Skeptics react with hostility and gratitude to a critique of their movement
A science journalist takes a skeptical look at capital-S Skepticism
On his last day at a consciousness conference, a reporter spots a white rabbit and discovers the solution to the mind–body problem
A reporter struggles with derealization and paranormal claims at a consciousness conference in Tucson
A reporter travels to a legendary conference in Tucson, Ariz., seeking insights into the deepest of all mysteries
A reporter ponders free will and struggles with quantum incoherence at a consciousness conference in Tucson
Researchers take steps to maximize benefits and minimize risks of psychedelic therapy for cancer patients
Legendary 1994 meeting featured neural, quantum, chaotic and information-based theories of consciousness, and so does 2016 meeting.
Quantum-computer whiz riffs on simulated universes, the Singularity, unified theories, P/NP, the mind-body problem, free will, why there’s something rather than nothing, and more.
“Cross-check” columns on psychedelic drugs, mystical experiences and related topics.
Technological innovation, which is worshipped in modern culture, can do more harm than good.
An analysis of skeletons reveals that violence was rare among hunter–gatherers in prehistoric Japan
Bionic convergence and psychic uploading won’t be possible unless we crack the neural code, science’s hardest problem.
Former CIA chief Michael Hayden defends drone attacks, but critics fear they may do more harm than good.
New studies have intensified the debate over psychology’s “reproducibility" problems.
“Decision theorist” Eliezer Yudkowsky spells out his idiosyncratic vision of the Singularity.
Cross-Check columns on global warming, “water wars,” nuclear energy, fracking and related issues
Meta-Post: Horgan Posts on Antidepressants, Brain Implants, Psychedelics, Meditation and Other Therapies for Mental Illness
Cross-Check columns on efforts to understand and treat depression, schizophrenia, alcoholism and other mental disorders