New England Skeptical Society

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The New England Skeptical Society (NESS) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting science and reason. It was founded in 1996 (originally as the Connecticut Skeptical Society).

Steven Novella, MD

  • This is pure pseudoscience. This is slick marketing. And you can tell your mommy and daddy that I said so.
Episode #71

"Science does not make statements about proof or disproof. Rather, science is a constantly evolving model or reality that builds upon statements such as - this model of reality makes these predictions, that have either been confirmed or refuted, etc. We say things are probable or likely to be true in science if the predictions that flow from them have been confirmed. We say things are likely to be untrue if they make predictions that turned out to be false. We can further say that certain things are impossilbe if they create a logical contradiction.

If you make a claim, however, that does not make any predictions that can be either confirmed or falsified, then science can say nothing about it. That is agnosticism. That is the difference. It can't say whether or not the "unfalsifiable hypothesis" is true, it cannot make any statements about probability, it cannot say anything - except that it makes no testable predictions. That's it. Anything else is philosophy, ideology, or wishful thinking."

Robert Novella

Rebecca Watson

  • Are you holding a penis?
  • I won't mate with any of the true believers.

Perry DeAngelis

  • All ornithologists are misanthropes.
Podcast #53

Evan Bernstein

Jay Novella