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The Skeptics Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions

Robert T. Carroll, a philosophy professor at Sacramento City College, provides this site, with a credo that says "the only thing infinite is our capacity for self-deception." It is highlighted by skeptical definitions (in the form of short essays) on topics from acupuncture to zombies. Professor Carroll is eloquent and entertaining at debunking almost anything imaginable. The reader clicks with anticipation on a subject like alien abduction, anticipating the treatment it will receive. But Carroll also shows the deft touch of a surgeon with the "psychology" entry. Definitions are hyperlinked to related articles, and sources for further reading are also provided. For those who lack the time to savor the dictionary, the FAQ (which begins by questioning if skeptics can be skeptical of skepticism) gives a wonderful flavor for the site. Note that the dictionary is also available in Portuguese, Slovnik, German, French, Portuguese, Korean, Spanish, and Japanese.
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Date Issued 1994-
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Date of Scout Publication 1998-04-24
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