The REAL Science of Ghosts

Posted by Atticus & Delores Grunion on Monday, May 30, 2011 In : Science 

Is there really life after death or have people merely invented ghosts as a way to explain hallucinations in a way that provides hope for the continuation of existence beyond the grave?

Join RiPA as we take a peek at the REAL science behind ghosts.

There are a few problems with the idea of ghosts as they’ve been presented. Often the evidence comes down to a few strange photographs or eyewitness accounts, although some paranormal investigators have used advanced technology to attempt the ver...


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10 Percent Myth

Posted by Atticus & Ben Radford on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 In : Science 

Someone has taken most of your brain away and you probably didn't even know it. Well, not taken your brain away, exactly, but decided that you don't use it. It’s the old myth heard time and again about how people use only ten percent of their brains. While for the people who repeat that myth, it’s probably true, the rest of us happily use all of our brains.

At our latest RiPA meet, The conversation came around to the brain and its usage. A certain guest at the meet was adamant that we on...


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Cognitive Dissonance

Posted by Atticus & Jay Walker on Sunday, April 17, 2011 In : Psychological 

As a skeptical based brand, it is baffling to us that people can believe in so many different things that have little or no evidence to support them and often have plenty of evidence against them.  We tend to look at these people as cranks, kooks, or loonies.  There is a tendency to ridicule and make fun of these people and sometimes this is an appropriate response, but we need to remember what Leon Festinger had to say in his book, When Prophecy Fails:

 “…through the mocking and scoffi...


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Scientists explain phenomenon of submortem visions ( NDE / OBE)

Posted by Atticus on Monday, February 14, 2011 In : Biological 

As a rule, people perceive near-death visions as a phenomenon that proves the existence of the nether world. Many of those people, who wake up from clinical death, say that they were traveling along a narrow dark tunnel with light shimmering at its end. Some people say that they were communicating with some luminous creature (whom they take for God) and their deceased relatives.

American scientists studied encephalograms of dying patients and discovered that the electric activity in their br...


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Please, Don’t Appeal to Quantum Mechanics to Propagate Your Pseudoscience

Posted by Atticus & Stuart Robbins on Thursday, November 25, 2010 In : Quantum 

RiPA mentions and uses the term "Quantum" in quite a bit of their work, Be it Q-Physics, Q-Theory, Q-Mechanics you may have seen it on site.
Unfortunately, many other paranormal orientated groups use this claim too. but alas, many use it just to make them appear more "sciency".
This is becoming more and more common.
Stuart Robbins picks up the point and explains how the effect of misuse of the word can be detrimental to the user.

There is no formal logical fallacy that I know of called “Appeal ...


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