Critical Thinking

Do we have any Credible UFO Claims?

As a kid I loved the idea of UFOs and so I fed myself on a constant diet of stuff gleaned from bookstores that would weave tales of ancient and modern aliens visitors, and I do not mean just the science fiction, but the claims of supposedly real aliens. It was all stuff that made many professionals familiar with such things cringe in horror at the way things were being bent way out of shape, but this was pre-internet and so the only […]


Are Atheists Afraid of God? 1

The author and Broadcaster, Eric Metaxas,  has chipped into the debate regarding the latest quite frankly rather daft claim within a new book by Larry Alex Taunton that claims that well-known Intellectual and Atheist Christopher Hitchens (pictured above) was seriously pondering the idea of a death-bed conversion just before he died. Given that his article is entitled, “Are Atheists Afraid of God?“, then it will be no surprise to discover that Mr Metaxas is a deeply religious chap who considers the book […]

Writer Christopher Hitchens in Washington, D.C., in 2010.

Weird Ideas: The Phantom Time Hypothesis

When it comes to utterly bizarre claims then the “Phantom Time Hypothesis” is one of those that does indeed stand out. Basically this was dreamed up historian Heribert Illig and first published in 1991. In summary, the idea is that roughly about three centuries of history (AD 614 to 911) never actually happened and that the history from these years is fiction that was invented by the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III. Starting in 1991, Mr Illig proceeded to continuously promote this idea right […]


The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge … disbelief

The story in Genesis that perhaps most readers will be familiar with runs as follows … And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof […]


Do religious people really live a longer life? 1

There is apparently a new study that has just been published in which it is being asserted that those that are religious will live a longer life. The study, found within JAMA Internal Medicine, is entitled: Association of Religious Service Attendance With Mortality Among Women and there they claim … Frequent attendance at religious services was associated with significantly lower risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality among women. Religion and spirituality may be an underappreciated resource that physicians could […]


How do your persuade people who are immune to facts?

If you have ever spent more than  2 minutes on social media then you will have discovered that there are people out there who are not simply wrong, but also demonstrate a complete immunity to little things like facts. Absurd notions prevail that range from medical quackery being promoted as the best, and science (the stuff that is actually evidence based) being touted as myth, and yet when you tactfully and carefully attempt to correct what appears to be a […]