These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.
- Overall, we rate The Skeptic’s Dictionary a strong pro-science source that always sources to credible information. We also rate them Very-High for factual reporting for the same reasons.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1994, The Skeptic’s Dictionary provides definitions, arguments, and essays on subjects such as the supernatural, occult, paranormal, and pseudoscientific. The Skeptic’s Dictionary is a collection of cross-referenced skeptical essays by Robert Todd Carroll, published on his website skepdic.com and in a printed book. The website contains 850 entries edited by a former professor, atheist, and skeptic Robert Todd Carroll (1945–2016).
Funded by / Ownership
The website was owned by Robert Todd Carroll until his passing in 2016. The website remains online and generates revenue through the sale of his books.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Skeptic’s Dictionary is a website and a book that has entries on pseudoscientific, occult, paranormal, and other pseudoscientific beliefs in an encyclopedic order. For example, click on Chemtails and you will get a history of the conspiracy and then a proper debunking with numerous credible citations to support the author. In general, The Skeptic’s Dictionary is timeless and a necessary resource for debunking conspiracy theories and pseudoscience.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate The Skeptic’s Dictionary a strong pro-science source that always sources to credible information. We also rate them Very-High for factual reporting for the same reasons. (D. Van Zandt 8/19/2016) Updated (8/1/2020)