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Historical mysteries and conspiracy theories

Skepticism and science against superstition “It’s good to keep your mind open –but not so open that your brain falls out” Walter Kotschnig, 1940 – usually attributed to Carl Sagan In the dark years of medieval times, the unsuspecting population of Europe would systematically become witness of a magical phenomenon …

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Replying to Holocaust deniers

“Even though Hitler and the Nazis made no secret of their war on the Jews, the SS operatives dutifully eliminated all traces of their murderous activities and instruments. No written orders for gassing have turned up thus far. The SS not only destroyed most camp records, which were in any …

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A Dangerous Method – Homeopathy and its Fallacies

Two hundred years ago, Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor, invented a medicinal method based on old, unsubstantiated notions like those of Paracelsus that “like cures like”. That a substance which sickens the healthy, cures the sick.   Hahnemann’s “discovery” lies in the idea that an active substance that produces symptoms …

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