Skeptical Inquirer column

As of January 2022 I have resumed writing for the most venerable and influential skeptical magazine in the world, Skeptical Inquirer. My first SI column, “Thinking about Science,” ran for twelve years from 2002 to 2015. Here are the essays published under the new column, “The Philosopher’s Corner” (most recent entries on top). Enjoy!

Science Denialism Is a Form of Pseudoscience (Jan/Feb 2022). The term pseudoscience has been the object of a renewed interest by philosophers of science in recent years. This is not just because the so-called demarcation problem—the question of what distinguishes science from pseudoscience—is inherently interesting to philosophers and epistemologists. It is also because pseudoscience matters, as in the case of the increasingly clear negative personal and societal effects of, for instance, vaccine and climate change denialism. …