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The New England Skeptical Society (NESS) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting science and reason. It was originally founded in January 1996 as the Connecticut Skeptical Society.[1] The group later joined with the Skeptical Inquirers of New England (SINE) and the New Hampshire Skeptical Resource to form NESS.

The NESS produces a weekly science podcastThe Skeptics' Guide to the Universe — featuring discussions of myths, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience and the paranormal from a scientific point of view. The show also features discussions of recent scientific developments in laymen's terms, and interviews authors and other prominent skeptics. In September 20, 2006, James Randi joined the podcast providing a weekly commentary segment.

In addition the NESS hosts local lectures on a spectrum of skeptical topics, conducts investigations into local paranormal claims and screens local applicants for the James Randi Educational Foundation million dollar psychic challenge. The group publishes a newsletter of original skeptical articles that can also be found on its website.

Its president Steven Novella is a neurologist now teaching at Yale, and is one of the original founders of NESS. Novella authored the Weird Science column in the New Haven Advocate, was an associate editor of Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine and a contributing editor of Quackwatch. He has appeared on several television programs (such as Penn & Teller: Bullshit!) advocating the skeptical position.


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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).

The NESS produces a podcast titled The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe (SGU). The podcast is released on a more-or-less weekly basis; first broadcast on 04 May 2005, as of 07 October 2009 the podcast is ranked 9th among science and medicine podcasts on iTunes and has an average 5-star rating based upon 1357 ratings.


Steven Novella, MD

  • This is pure pseudoscience. This is slick marketing. And you can tell your mommy and daddy that I said so.
Podcast #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 impossible 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." [citation needed]

Robert Novella

  • We might be outcasts but we're not misinformed.
Podcast #67

Rebecca Watson

  • What's unique about this is that he's combining 2 balls of crap together to make one huge ball of crap.
Podcast #41
  • I won't mate with any of the true believers.
Podcast #65
  • Are you holding a penis?
Podcast #66

Perry DeAngelis

  • Any monkey worth his salt would give any bird a beak-flip.
Podcast #53
  • All ornithologists are misanthropes.
Podcast #53
  • And remember, Chi spelled backward is crap.
Podcast #56
  • Thank god my skepticism has saved me from miracles.
Podcast #57

Evan Bernstein

  • What did we learn here? Sometimes you go with your gut. Except when you don't.
Podcast #59

Jay Novella

  • What logical fallacy is "Oh yeah?!"
Podcast #43
  • If aromatherapy really worked then my own farts would kill me.
Podcast #53


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