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Here is a list of web sites that I've found interesting, entertaining, or otherwise useful. Select one of the categories on the right. These links are here mainly for my own benefit but you might find them useful. Links open in a new window.

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Scams & Critical Thinking Links
A guide to naturopathic history, theories, and practices.

Skeptical Science
The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about climate change. It removes the politics and uninformed emotive arguments from the debate, concentrating solely on the science and considering the full body of evidence rather than cherry-picking only the data that supports the argument you want to believe.

Bad Science
Web site of Ben Goldacre, a British medical doctor and journalist. The site is devoted to satirical criticism of scientific inaccuracy, health scares, pseudoscience and quackery, it focuses especially on examples from the mass media, consumer product marketing, problems with the pharmaceutical industry and its relationship to medical journals, and complementary and alternative medicine.

James Randi Educational Foundation
Educational resource on the paranormal, psuedoscientific and the supernatural. Its aim is to promote critical thinking by reaching out to the public and media with reliable information about paranormal and supernatural ideas so widespread in our society today.

UK Skeptic
'The Skeptic' is a non-profit magazine published four times a year to take a sceptical look at pseudoscience and claims of the paranormal.

National Secular Society (UK)
Promoting the separation of Church and State, the NSS campaign both at home and in the EU against the undue influence of religion in public affairs and education. They defend scientific rationalism, freedom of speech and Human Rights, standing for equality for all regardless of religious conviction or non-belief.

British Humanist Association
The UK's national charity supporting and representing people who seek to live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. Our vision is of a world without religious privilege or discrimination. We promote Humanism, campaign for an open society and a secular state, and work with others of different beliefs for the common good.

New Humanist
London (UK) based New Humanist magazine is one of the world's oldest continuously published magazines (starting life as The Literary Review in 1885). During that time New Humanist has distinguished itself as a world leader in supporting and promoting humanism and rational inquiry and opposing religious dogma, irrationalism, and bunkum wherever it's found.

The Skeptics Society is a scientific and educational organization of scholars, scientists, historians, magicians, professors and teachers, and anyone curious about controversial ideas, extraordinary claims, revolutionary ideas and the promotion of science.

A non-partisan and non-profit group focusing on the use and abuse of science and statistics in the media. Their goals are to correct scientific misinformation in the media and in public policy resulting from bad science, politics, or a simple lack of information or knowledge; and to act as a resource for journalists and policy makers on major scientific issues and controversies.

The Freethinker
The Freethinker was founded in 1881 by G.W. Foote, an outspoken critic of religion. After the publication of irreligious cartoons in the 1882 Christmas edition, Foote was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to 12 months hard labour. Despite this setback the magazine has remained in print ever since.

Urban Legends Reference Pages
A reference site for urban legends, rumours, myths, scams, etc.

10:23 Campaign
The 10:23 Campaign, organised by the non-profit organisation Merseyside Skeptics Society, aims to raise awareness about the reality of homeopathy.

Crank Dot Net
Cranks, crackpot, kooks, and loons on the internet. Crank Dot Net is devoted to presenting Web sites by and about cranks, crankism, crankishness, and crankosity.

Tim Hartford
Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times and presenter of BBC Radio 4 programme "More or Less", which won the Royal Statistical Society's 2010 award for statistical excellence in broadcast journalism and the 2010 Mensa Intelligence award.

Quackwatch is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.

419 Eater
Baiting some 419 scam artists.

The Skeptic's Dictionary
The Skeptic's Dictionary provides definitions, arguments, and essays on subjects supernatural, occult, paranormal, and pseudoscientific.

Bad Astronomy
Web site of astonomer, Phil Plait, dedicated to debunking space myths and common factual misconceptions promulgated by the popular media and the Internet.

FraudWatch International
A web site whose mission is to reduce the incidence of internet fraud and protect consumers from identity theft by educating consumers and working with various authorities to shut-down fraudulent activities and prosecute those responsible.

London Fixed-Gear and Single-Speed
Great London (UK) based site catering for fixed gear and single speed bikes.

Zapato Productions Intradimensional
Your Source For Conspiracies and Other Diversions. Offering a wide selection of amazing discoveries, important theories, life-enriching tools, and other more frivolous diversions. Serving the paranoid since 1997.

The Millenium Project
The "site of a thousand arseholes", dedicated to exposing medical frauds, anti-vaccination myths, holocaust deniers, terrorist and survivalist groups, fanatics of all kinds, bigots and everything that makes rational people angry.

The Richard Dawkins Foundation
A non-profit organisation established to support rational and scientific education at all ages, and to oppose the subversion of scientific education.

Moon Certificate
Buy your very own 100 acres of real estate on The Moon. The only moon land sales site authorised by the Martian Council of Kings apparently. If you do purchase any of this "land", then I have some snake oil you may also be interested in...

Quatloos! is a public educational website exposing a wide variety of financial scams. As well as poking fun at scams and their perpetrators, Quatloos! works to raise public awareness about the scams.

Sense About Science
Sense About Science is an independent charitable trust promoting good science and evidence in public debates by promoting respect for evidence and by urging scientists to engage actively with a wide range of groups, particularly when debates are controversial or difficult.

The Stella Awards
Inspired by Stella Liebeck who, in 1992 spilled a cup of McDonald's coffee onto her lap, burning herself, subsequently sued and was awarded $2.9 million. This site is dedicated to outrageous, ridiculous, and bogus lawsuits.

The Quackometer
The quackometer is a project based around the automation of debunking quack medicine on the web. It is an experiment to see if it is easy to spot quack web sites just from the language they use. The idea for the site came about after various discussions on Guardian writer Ben Goldacre's Bad Science blog.

The Skeptic Reading Room
A comprehensive, free resource of articles relating to science and skepticism containing an ever-growing index of articles, reviews and opinion pieces culled from the extensive archives of Skeptic Magazine.

Richard Dawkins
The official web site of Richard Dawkins, a "clear-thinking oasis" among the myriad of tripe on the internet.

Science Based Medicine
A web site founded by Steven Novella exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine, including complimentary and alternative medicine.

The Secular Coalition for America
A Washington-based (USA) lobbying organisation for humanists, freethinkers, atheists, and other nontheistic Americans.

Understanding Uncertainty
Trying to make sense of chance, risk, luck, uncertainty, and probability.

Objective Ministries
A web site presenting an elaborate parody of Christian fundamentalism. It disguises its true origins by presenting ads and links to genuine Christian sites and news, by including a voluminous section on creationism and a Christian youth rock ministry, and by running a campaign for the shutdown of Landover Baptist, another well-known but much easier to spot Christian parody site.

Landover Baptist
The home of a fictional Baptist church based in the town of Freehold, Iowa. The web site and its associated landoverbaptist.net forum are a parody of fundamentalist Christianity and the Religious Right.

Godless Geeks
An organisation devoted to defending the separation of government and religion, and the civil rights of atheists, promoting critical thinking and respect toward all freethinkers, and educating the public about atheists and atheism.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation
An educational group working to promote the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.

American Atheists
American Atheists is dedicated to working for the civil rights of Atheists, promoting separation of state and church, and providing information about Atheism.

Scientology Critical Information Directory
A site dedicated to all the people that have worked to expose the Church of Scientology.

Web site of Professor Richard Wiseman including videos such as the famous colour changing card trick and the corkology trick. Quirkology is also the name of Wiseman's book, in which he describes his adventures into the backwaters of human behaviour, and pays tribute to others who have carried out similarly weird and wonderful work.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the deity of a parody religion called The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and its system of beliefs, "Pastafarianism". The religion was founded in 2005 to protest the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to require the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to biological evolution.

Counterknowledge.com draws attention to various bogus theories such as holocaust denial, 9/11 conspiracy theories, homeopathy, vitamin cures for AIDS, creationism, Afrocentric history, and various other dogma peddled by maverick scientists, Christian evangelists, media nutritionists, Muslim "scholars", and "alternative" historians.

Skeptics Guide to the Universe
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe is a weekly Podcast talkshow produced by the New England Skeptical Society (NESS) in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) : discussing the latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view.

Science Based Medicine
The editorial staff of Science-Based Medicine is composed of several physicians who, alarmed at the manner in which unscientific and pseudoscientific health care ideas have increasingly infiltrated academic medicine and medicine at large, have decided to do their part to examine these claims in the light of science and skepticism.

The Secular Web
The Secular Web is owned and operated by Internet Infidels, Inc., a nonprofit educational organisation dedicated to defending and promoting a naturalistic worldview on the Internet.

Edge.org was launched in 1996 as the online version of "The Reality Club", an informal gathering of intellectuals. It offers an open-minded, free ranging, collective expression of wonder at the living and inanimate world.

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